The CIA in Numbers


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What do exploding cigars and poisoned wet suits have to do with the CIA? Find out here!

The Corporate States of America


Steve Lovelace has created an infographic titled “The Corporate States of America” where each state is represented by it’s most famous brand. Do you recognize all of these brands and associate them with these states? I don’t know all of them and would have changed some of these brands, but think it’s an interesting view into corporate brands and perception.

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From Steve:

For each of the fifty states (and the District of Columbia), I selected a corporation or brand that best represented the states. My criteria are subjective, but in each case, I picked a brand that a) has ties to that state and b) is still in business (as of 2013).

I encountered several challenges while making this map. Major corporations are not evenly distributed across the country. Some states, such New Mexico, Alaska, Montana and West Virginia, simply do not host many big corporations. Others host so many that choosing one was difficult. In these cases, I went with the company that I though best represented the state, rather than the biggest or most notorious. Hence, I used Dr Pepper for Texas instead of ExxonMobil. I used Apple for California instead of Google or Facebook. I also had a problem with some of the smaller states like Vermont and Delaware.

What do clothing care symbols mean?


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We’ve all seen them, those little symbols on the tags of our garments, telling us how to best care for our clothes. But do you know what they really mean? While some of the garment care instructions are written out, symbols are becoming more commonplace and help to make the tags smaller.

The symbols were developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), using a system that is simple and easy to learn. To help you decipher these symbols, the American Cleaning Institute has developed the two guides included below: Your Guide to Fabric Care Symbols and, for a short-cut to understanding the symbols, Fabric Care Language Made Easy!

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XKCD Radiation Dose Chart


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With the nuclear reactor incident in Fukashima, Japan making headlines world-wide, do you know exactly how much radiation is bad?

Randall Munroe of XKCD created what is probably the most informative chart about the different doses of radiation you get from various activities of life, from sleeping next to someone to flying over the USA to getting a chest X-ray and more.

Check out the chart here.