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    Posted on Mar 21, 2017

    13 Stunning Charts That Will Teach You Something For Once In Your Life

    Starring: facts.

    National Geographic Infographics is a ginormous, eight-pound coffee table book of dreams that covers everything from history to physics to the animal world, and more.

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    Given that we're huge science and trivia nerds, we asked NatGeo if we could publish some of the highlights (or our favorites), below.

    For all of these, you can zoom in to see any of the graphics in more detail (hold down command or control, and then the =+ key, if you're on a desktop). Enjoy!

    1. Four billion years ago volcanoes ruled the earth:

    National Geographic

    And there are about one billion years between multicellular life coming into existence and us.

    Issue: August 1985

    2. Tulips come from Turkey and Marigolds come from Mexico:

    National Geographic

    Click, tap, or swipe to see each of these in more detail, then you can zoom in. Before you go and plant all of these in your own garden, check to see if they're an invasive species, first.

    Issue: May 1968

    3. Earth could easily cozy up inside of Jupiter's core (and may have even more room than this graphic shows):

    National Geographic

    Also, Jupiter may be all liquid hydrogen, which NASA says could be the fuel of the future.

    Issue: February 1975

    4. Your dog can sniff up to five times every second:

    National Geographic

    Imagine how good bacon smells. Now imagine how good it must smell if you're a dog.

    Issue: June 2014

    5. We use different types of wheat to make bread than we do to make pasta:

    National Geographic

    These days, all you have to do is walk through the natural or organic section of your grocery store to know we have even more varieties available. Serious Eats has this helpful guide.

    Issue: April 1991

    6. Avalanches form when snow develops layers, like a parfait:

    National Geographic

    Or an onion. Or an ogre...

    Issue: September 1982

    7. Astronauts maneuvered Project Mercury's tiny capsule with a few control jets:

    National Geographic

    This is the project they worked on during the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures; the Mercury Project ran from 1958 to 1963.

    Issue: July 1960

    8. The President, the third largest tree in the world, probably has over two billion leaves:

    National Geographic

    That's like, one leaf for every year it's been since things on this planet evolved aerobic respiration. See some pics of this tree, which is at least 3,200 years old, on Instagram.

    Issue: June 2007

    9. The five cancers with the highest mortality rates are breast cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer:

    National Geographic

    The stats in this graphic are from before 2011 or earlier; for more updated stats, read the National Cancer Institute's Annual Report to the Nation.

    Issue: October 2011

    10. The Spectacled Finch was the least-reported bird 2010's annual Backyard Bird Count:

    Karl Martens / National Geographic
    Karl Martens / National Geographic

    The count is coordinated by the Audobon Society in February of each year.

    Issue: November 2010

    11. Light generates a "wake-up" cue in your brain, thanks to special cells in your retina:

    National Geographic

    And your brain does very different things during REM and non-REM sleep.

    Click, tap, or swipe to see each of these in more detail, then you can zoom in.

    Issue: May 2010

    12. Egyptian pyramid design ~evolved~ over time:

    Chuck Carter / National Geographic

    And if you visit the Great Pyramid at Giza, you're probably going to enter through a tomb robbers' tunnel.

    Issue: January 1995

    13. You are definitely going to die, but probably not by playing with fireworks or flying in an airplane:

    NGM ART / National Geographic

    How morbidly fascinating. This is based on data from 2000; you can find some similar data from 2013 at the Insurance Information Institute.

    Issue: August 2006

    Science, right?

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    For more, pick up a copy on Amazon for $69.99.

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