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Real Size of Large Wonders of the World Are Put Into Perspective through Visual Comparisons

Ever wondered about the sizes of the Dionysus asteroid, B-2 Bomber, Titanic or a prehistoric scorpion? This series of images by artist Kevin Wisbith is for you! 

The Death Star comparison is my favorite (of course) but all of these mockups make it much easier to grasp the relative scale of this (admittedly quirky) selection of items.

Although I won’t lie, I thought the Death Star would be bigger.

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Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash

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Venus de Trivia

The other day I found myself wondering, “Why does Venus spin in a different direction than most other planets?”

Short answer: Something Big Happened. We don’t know what but There Are Theories.

Longer answer, in case you need all the exciting details for trivia night: 

Why does Venus spin the ‘wrong’ way round? – 2 Sisters In STEM

Venus – NASA Solar System Exploration

Bonus fact: The average surface temperature of Venus is 864°, perfect for baking pizza.

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Thanks, but I ordered Canadian bacon. NASA

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I found this visualization of ocean denizens and depth fascinating. It looks simple but keep scrolling down (and scrolling, and scrolling) to see what lives where and how.

The Deep Sea

Elephant seals can dive to 2400 meters deep? That may be why the Headless Chicken Fish (real name) goes 500 meters deeper. Then there’s the Cookiecutter Shark, Flabby Whalefish, Dumbo Octopus, Sea Pig, Faceless Fish (who comes up with these names, they’re awesome) and not-really-related to jellyfish Comb Jelly.

And did you know that Orange Roughy can live up to 200 years? Or that the Patagonian Toothfish is found down to 3900 meters and has antifreeze in its tissue? I didn’t.

Next time there’s a choice of fish for dinner I think I’ll head over to Seafood Watch to find the most sustainable options. And skip the Orange Roughy.

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Photo by 毛 祥 on Unsplash

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Happy Birthday, USA!

photo by Booyah Kasha on Flickr

photo by Booyah Kasha on Flickr

After some brief reflection, I thought I’d add a selection of…

Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

(excerpted from this handy Census page, see it for more facts and references)

56: Number of signers to the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.

$218.2 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2012, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($227.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.7 million in 2012, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million).

$3.8 million: In 2012, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($3.6 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.

Fifty-nine places contain the word “liberty” in the name. Pennsylvania, with 11, has more of these places than any other state. Of the 59 places nationwide containing “liberty” in the name, four are counties: Liberty County, Ga. (65,471), Liberty County, Fla. (8,276), Liberty County, Mont. (2,392) and Liberty County, Texas (76,571).

$109.8 billion: Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.

6: Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was estimated at $1 billion or greater between December 2011 and November 2012. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.

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