That Map from The Washington Post About Female/Male Ratios Is Way Off. Here’s a New One…

Nov 12, 2014 By Joey White 22

While women comprise 49.6% of the global population, they have the majority in the United States, where 50.8% of the total population is female. But what do the numbers look like at the state level?

The Washington Post put together a map yesterday purporting to show which states had more women than men and vice versa. Their map was widely circulated, jumping to the number one spot on the popular subreddit Data is Beautiful.

In fact, it was the newspaper’s most read story for awhile…

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The only problem with this map and the accompanying post is it’s dead wrong on a number of points.

Here’s the simple map that was created by the Washington Post

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Some of the World’s Most Iconic Landmarks…Under Construction

Nov 11, 2014 By Joey White 0

Icons like the Gateway Arch and Sydney Opera House have been around so long and are so ingrained in our collective psyche that it’s easy to forget how new they are to our cultural landscape.

These photos remind us that it wasn’t so long ago that these iconic structures were only dreams that were still in the process of being realized…

Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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52 Common Myths You Should Stop Believing

Nov 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 23

Did you know that Einstein didn’t fail math, we have way more than 5 senses, Napoleon was actually pretty tall, and you definitely do NOT need to wait 24 hours to submit a missing person’s report?

Those are just a few of the more than 50 myths that London-based data journalist and information designer David McCandless busts in his fascinating infographic

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If You Haven’t Seen John Oliver’s Brilliant Dismantling of the Lottery Industry Yet, You Should

Nov 11, 2014 By Joey White 1

Whether or not you play the state lottery games, you’ve seen their ads and heard their sales pitches…

“Playing the lottery is so much fun!”

“Billions of dollars in lotto profits are going to education!”

“Imagine what could happen!”

John Oliver takes a few minutes to show why that sales pitch is a load of crap. Despite this being nearly 15 minutes, it already has 1.2 million views, implying that this take on the issue resonates with a lot of people. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out…

This Kindhearted 90-year-old Badass Is Defying Florida Law to Feed the Homeless

Nov 8, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

90 year old Arnold Abbott has been feeding the homeless with his organization, Love Thy Neighbor, every Wednesday night at 5:30 PM for 23 years, and he’s certainly not going to let anything stand in his way.

So when the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission passed an ordinance banning public food sharing, Abbott made no plans to change his weekly tradition…even if it meant getting arrested. Abbott was at his weekly post the Wednesday night after the ban took effect when he was approached by police:

One of the police officers said, ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I were carrying a weapon.

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He was given a notice to appear in court, but that didn’t stop him from going back to the beach again, where his food operation was shut down; nor will it stop him in the future, he says—

I don’t plan to give up the beach.

The ordinance, which recently went into effect, says that anyone serving food outdoors would need to provide public toilets for those working and those being fed. The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler explains…

We hope he feeds. He has a very valuable role in the community. All we’re saying is he can feed the next block over. He can feed at the church. We want them to be in safe secure settings. We wanted them to be in a sanitary matter. We them to have facilities available before and after.

Abbott may face up to a $500 fine or 60 days in jail, but he’s no stranger to fighting in court to feed the hungry; in 1999, he sued the City of Fort Lauderdale after they tried to stop him from feeding the homeless on a public beach. He won the case three times in circuit court and twice in the court of appeals.

What do you think of the ban? Should Arnold Abbott fight the City to feed the hungry, or obey the ban?

(via ABC News)

All It Took Was Two Friends and One Van to Help Hundreds of Homeless People in Australia

Nov 7, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

For people living on the streets, although not always easy to find, there are resources for food, medical attention, and shelter. But what about laundry? Everyone deserves clean laundry, and for the homeless, it’s nearly impossible to afford to wash their clothes and a free washing service is unheard of.

Until now.

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Friends Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi decided to do something about it. This past July, the pair launched a mobile laundromat, Orange Sky Laundry, for people living on the streets. It’s the first of its kind in Australia. They explain…

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