THE LARGEST DESERT IN THE WORLD IS ANTARCTICA
Map of the week: 57% of languages do not have gendered pronouns.
By Lisa Wade, PhD
The map above is an interactive available at the World Atlas of Language Structures. It represents an extensive, but not quite comprehensive collection of world languages. Each dot represents one. White dots are languages that do not include gendered pronouns. No “he” or “she.” Just a gender neutral word that means person.
The colored dots refer to languages with gendered pronouns, but there are more than one kind, as indicated by the Values key. The number on the right, further, indicates how many languages fit into each group. Notice that the majority of languages represented here (57%) DO NOT have gendered pronouns.
The map at the site is interactive. Go there to click on those dots and explore.
United Borders of America: A Map Outlining the Geographic Features that compose the borders between all 50 US States
The North American Cryptid Map
A comprehensive guide to the whereabouts of (possibly fake) real monsters.
What about the Jackelope or the Giant New Mexico Jumping Rabbit?
Oooh, great to know!
A++ for geography trivia. :D
the highlighted area is where Jason Derulo knows what the girls want. london to taiwan.new york to haiti
greenland is right out
ummm no offense but new york to haiti should be measured as the area between the two latitudes, not the longitudes. this graph is incorrect and vastly underestimates the total region of the earth in which Jason Derulo knows what the girls want
Even measuring that way, Greenland remains right out, as does the entirity of Brazil.
Have we considered measuring by neither latitude nor longitude but in all area that would extend perpendicular from the diagonal of the two places?
There are many different interpretations of the data, and until more is available, we ought not conclude anything at this point.
In light of that, I posit this alternative map of regions where Jason Derulo is potentially claiming where he knows what girls want:
As we can see, if we assume that model, the vast majority of the area where Jason Derulo knows what girls want is either open ocean (the Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea) or sparsely populated (the northern Sahara, the northern Arabian Desert, various desert portions of Iran and Afghanistan, and the southern Tibetan Plateau). Four of the ten most populated countries on the planet have no territory in it (Nigeria, Brazil, Japan, and Indonesia), and two which do have relatively little territory in it (the US and Russia). It is suggested that for all his boasting, Jason Derulo does not know what a probable majority of the world’s girls want.
oh man. okay. so here’s the thing, back in the early 20th century the two cities of niagara falls made two very different choices, the canadian side fostered tourism (and they do benefit from having the better view) and the american side chose industry.
fast forward to the decline of industry in america and the buffalo-niagara region was was hit with the same thing that happened to cities like detroit. industry left, jobs left, money dried up and you’re left with abandoned factories, abandoned homes, declining public works (not enough money to take care of roads and bridges and parks) and no tax money coming in to fix any of those things (partially because no one in the area has any money, partially because everyone is leaving the area, and partially because the state government of new york is very very focused on a very big city nine hours away). because of this the kind of spaces that they now would want for tourism are ugly and the money to fix them up just isn’t there and it’s hard to attract tourists when you don’t have a safe, appealing neighborhood for them. they come to the falls stateside, but there isn’t anything else that’s bringing in money. there isn’t a nightlife, or restaurants or anywhere you’d want to bring your family or friends to hang out and spend money. downtown niagara falls new york is the kind of place you lock your door driving though. everyone there is angry and bored. good neighborhoods have become bad neighborhoods and everyone has fled out of state or to the suburbs and the local goverment is running around chasing it’s own tail.
meanwhile in canada, they kept their side of the border beautiful. they built casinos and built up a thriving tourist friendly downtown and they profited. big time. they’ve got clifton hill, which is the most tourist trappy neighborhood ever, they’ve got parks and gardens and a huge viewing area, they’re economically thriving (the american side now has a casino in what used to be the convention center, but while the candian casinos are surrounded but other things to do the american one is a sad island of gambling depression- though it is a HUGE employer of locals and therefore ultimately probably a good thing- even if it isn’t a huge help to the city itself because it’s run by iroquois on iroquoi land and therefore doesn’t get taxed).
the thing that’s happening now that’s super depressing is that niagara falls state-side is becoming nothing more than a shopping center for wealthy canadians. the only real money maker we’ve got is the fact that our sales taxes are considerably lower than canadian ones and stuff is cheaper to begin with and the canadian dollar is pretty strong so candians cross border shop pouring money into the economy. the fucked up flip side is that there’s no jobs, no industry, and no money on the american side so everyone who lives there is trapped in run down shitty neighborhoods and unable to afford shopping at any of the high end stores that have been popping up in recent years (and actually knocking down some of the low income housing nearby displacing people with nowhere to go).
it’s just so so so so fucking depressing.
ahh thank you for this! i knew absolutely none of this.
THE LARGEST DESERT IN THE WORLD IS ANTARCTICA
the logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a flightless bird
my nationality is a joke
#(this is legitimately how nzers came to be called kiwis because they were just hanging out in europe on their leave during the war#it being a bit far to go home and all#and this was the symbol#so everyone started calling them kiwis#so yes my nationality is actually a joke)
that’s the fucking best though
who wants to back my radical new plan to divide nevada into three states. wait where are you going, why don’t you think this is a good idea anymore