19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind

Nathan Yau at Flowing Data takes a turn to the weird side for a list of 19 maps. I love this one.

4. Changes over time and space

Several mini-explosions are going off in your head at this very moment, so brace yourself for what comes next. The most telling of maps is the one that ebbs and flows with the people who reside in the area. The data flows like water in a bendy river with a lot of rocks. This is a picture of life as we know it — random, unorganized, and unpredictable. When life gives you lemons, you make a map of those lemons, because the result blows your mind every single time.

The animated map above is only a snapshot of the millions of lives that the lines and shapes represent. The animation likely shows something interesting. Sometimes a state turns orange, others turn black, and the rest turn white. What will happen in the next frame? It is hard to say. Just like tomorrow.

Other maps detail which states end with the letter “a” and what letter each state’s name uses the most (in which Kentucky is the most interesting). They are all U.S. maps, for simplicity, I guess.

Knowing a little something about what I would see at this link, I thought for sure it would be at Clickhole. But Clickhole’s humor was spawned from the recent prevalence of overhype in the desperate scramble for clicks and pageviews illustrated by sites like Upworthy, and that backlash can be grounds for brilliance in other corners of the internet. -via Metafilter


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