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Louisville, KY Is Sorta The Epicenter of Unhappiness In America

The map below shows people’s happiness levels in the United States: red means most unhappy, yellow is neutral, blue is most happy. As you can see, the biggest area of unhappiness is in Indiana and Kentucky, right around where Louisville is. But more so, there’s a kind of concentric pattern to the entire map.

City and Rural Area Happiness Controlling for Characteristics

Around Indiana and Kentucky, there’s a circle of mostly orange in which lie Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia and Ohio: level two of the inferno. Around that, there’s another circle that’s on average happier — mostly oranges and yellows, some greens, but also some reds: Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New England.

Finally, there’s the happy outer rim, the thick fourth level which is mostly blues and greens: the entire Rockies from the Dakotas and Montana down through Colorado and New Mexico to Texas and rest of the South. If you kept going, you could imagine the ring continuing in the Atlantic, looping around through Canada — upper Quebec and Ontario — before meeting itself at the US border again.

Things go downhill again on the west coast, but there’s too little data there to say what’s going on. Perhaps that’s a small part of a larger ring that goes through Mexico and the Caribbean, the mid-Atlantic and the Northwest Passage. Or perhaps that ring is mostly yellow because happiness levels, having reached a peak in the fourth circle of (un)happiness started to go down again. Or maybe, we’re looking at the third ring of a different epicenter of unhappiness, colliding with the American one. Reading tea leaves is not easy.

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The happiness data comes from a survey conducted by the CDC between 2005 and 2009. The researchers that created the map are from Harvard and the University of British Columbia.

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From Unhappy Cities (PDF), via Lifehacker

Map Of Countries That Have Won The Super Bowl

Super Bowl wins, by country



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From imgur, via Vox and Neatorama

Ancient Roman Google Maps

Omnes Viae (“All Roads” in Latin) is a tweak of Google Maps that shows the Ancient Roman Empire instead of the modern world. The entire map interface is in Latin, the cities all have neat symbols, and you can get directions between any two cities. The road data comes from the Tabula Peutingeriana, which is a medieval map of the third-century state of the Roman road network used for their postal system, the cursus publicus.


The one shortcoming? If you say, try to recreate the apostle Paul’s journeys, that’s a non-starter because like modern Google Maps, it only takes you via land routes — possibly to avoid shipwrecks. Still, the map is very well done and gets the “very cool” stamp of approval.

Omnes Viae, via Neatorama

So You Want To Marry Your Gay 14-Year Old First Cousin

Where do you go for something like that? The answer is New York, because it’s perfectly legal there. If you can wait until he’s 16, you can also do it in Vermont. And if you can wait until 18, then you can do it in most of New England. The South, however, is divided on the issue: in South Carolina, you can marry your first cousin at 14, but there’s a constitutional ban on doing so if he’s gay. If however, there’s no homosexuality involved and you can wait to marry your first cousin until 16 or 17, well that’s perfectly legal in most of the South.

And so, besides the highest divorce rates in the nation, allowing you to marry your underage first cousin is the other thing New England and the Deep South have in common. Given the ridiculousness of all this, and the fact that marriage licenses have traditionally been used only to prevent interracial marriages, plus the fact that marriage is primarily a religious institution, maybe it’s time to abolish legal marriages and make them all civil unions. After all, since it sounds like it’s been ripped from the Declaration of Independence, just below the right to pursue happiness, few Americans can disagree with this:

Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships. (Libertarian Party platform, section 1.3)

From Mediaite

Map Showing Likelihood of Natural Disaster

The New York Times made a map that shows how likely different places across the US are to get a natural disaster of the tornado/hurricane/earthquake/drought/flood/hail variety. Here’s the skinny:

  • Of the big cities, Seattle gets the least disasters and Dallas gets the most
  • In general, Washington and Oregon are the best places to live if you want to avoid natural disasters — but not if you want to avoid hippies.
  • The Deep South (Texas, Alabama, Louisiana) is the worst place to live — but we already knew that.
  • Most of the Midwest and South are tornado-prone, and especially Oklahoma.
  • The entire Gulf and Atlantic coastlines are hurricane-prone, but especially the Atlantic coast from mid-Florida up to Virginia.
  • A good portion of the country is earthquake-prone: most of the Northeast, parts of the South and Midwest and almost all of the West, but especially the entire Pacific coastline.


From The New York Times via Lifehacker

Exactly Where bin Laden’s Compound Was

The Guardian made this map showing the exact location of where bin Laden has been hiding out for the past few years, and pointed out the military compounds around him. In the picture below, his house is in yellow, and the green forts are an army college and a military academy. Click on the image to go to the Google Map.

Google Map from The Guardian