52 Things I Learned From Data Visualizations That Are Both Mind-Blowing and Beautiful
Here's what it would look like if only people under 45 voted in the 2020 US presidential election.
While you can scour lines of text or read through tables to learn new things, sometimes, being able to visualize the data — in an aesthetic way, ofc — can be just as effective.
So here are 52 things I learned in one day while browsing through various data visualizations:
1. Netscape was the most popular web browser in 1994, before Internet Explorer took over in 1998, followed by Chrome in 2012. Chrome is still the most popular web browser as of 2019.
2. The cost of one Coca-Cola bottle in the US will buy you 20 Coca-Cola bottles in Iran — but it's not enough to buy one Coca-Cola bottle in Australia.
3. Donald Trump’s most-liked Tweet since his presidency is his Tweet announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis, with 1.8 million likes. His second most-liked Tweet doesn't even crack 1 million likes.
4. Texas has the highest speed limit of any state at 85 mph. Specifically, you can drive 85 mph down Texas State Highway 130 (SH 130), between SH 45 and 1-10. The 41-mile toll road between Austin and San Antonio was built to alleviate the traffic on I-35 — especially after truck traffic increased due to NAFTA in the late '90s.
5. Of the eight planets in our solar system, Venus has the longest day, which lasts 5,832 hours. On the other hand, Jupiter has the shortest day, lasting 10 hours.
11. Between 2018 and 2020, certain top Google searches have trended simultaneously in every state, such as 'Fortnite,' 'Billie Eilish,' 'Baby Yoda,' 'Prince Harry,' 'Tiger King,' and 'George Floyd.'
12. While this isn't a huge surprise, the exact inflation percentage of US college tuition from 1980 to 2020 is over five times the percentage of overall US inflation.
13. Based off this survey, 'creepy crawlies' is the sexual fetish with the least reported sexual interest but is not the most taboo.
14. The biggest one hit wonder on Spotify is Norman Greenbaum with "Spirit in the Sky." As of April 2021, "Spirit In The Sky" has 283,552,742 listens on Spotify. "Marcy," Greenbaum's second most-played song, has 332,424 listens.
15. A whopping 0% of restaurants featured in Season 2 of the US version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares are still open.
16. You may have heard that the Mercator projection distorts land sizes. More specifically, it inflates the size of land the farther they are from the equator. However, the Mercator projection is used for navigation, so even though the sizes are (purposely) distorted, the longitude lines are all parallel.
17. Unsurprisingly, the top 10 richest people in the world got richer during the pandemic.
18. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, gave the highest COVID-19 donation relative to his net worth (21.74%).
19. At their peak in January 2005, Blockbuster Video had 5,734 store locations across the US. In August 2020, they listed the last Blockbuster Video store on AirBNB for private sleepovers.
20. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has the greatest ratings difference between Rotten Tomatoes critic and audience ratings. Critics rated it much higher than the audience.
21. Lee Jordan has the least amount of screen time in the Harry Potter movies. But not to worry, Dobby had screen time proportionate to how many times he was mentioned in the books.
22. The majority of 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK said that their main sources of sex education are lessons at school and friends.
23. If 'I Didn't Vote' ran as a candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, they would have received 195 Electoral College votes, and no candidate would have received enough to win the presidency.
24. Music revenue in the US peaked in 1999, the same year that Napster was founded. According to Pitchfork, "In 2000, per-unit sales of CDs, cassettes, and vinyl averaged $18.52. By 2014, measuring CDs, vinyl, and downloads, that number fell to $11.97."
25. In the US, the most common birthday between 2000 and 2014 is September 12. The least common birthday is December 25.
26. PalmOS was the most popular mobile operating system in 2000, followed by Symbian in 2003, and Android in 2010. Android is still the most popular OS as of 2020.
30. When this person's child asks, "Wanna know something," they are most likely going to talk about Minecraft.
32. The majority of the money in the US Senate's $2 trillion coronavirus aid package goes to individuals, then large corporations.
33. The most out-of-state residents in California were born in New York. The most out-of-state residents in Texas were born in California, and the most in Florida were born in New York.
35. Surprising to none, the demographics of the 2020 US Congress do not reflect the demographics of the US population.
37. The Hawaiian islands are actually the peaks of the Hawaiian–Emperor seamount chain, a mostly undersea mountain range. As such, Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawai'i, is the highest point in the state of Hawai'i and tallest mountain on Earth. It originates beneath the Pacific Ocean, and rises over 33,500 feet from base to peak.
Hawaiian chain from MapPorn