The Eternal Sunshine of National Geographic

Nat Geo is not only my favorite magazine, and the place I’d love to work, but also occasionally the source of good news.  In early August, Nat Geo’s website reported that a new study undertaken by the UN showed that the percentage of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Egypt, and other places in Africa, were dropping. Continue reading “The Eternal Sunshine of National Geographic”

Anagram Answer

A more condensed way to ask the anagram question of Tuesday maybe: What service person for one of  America’s military forces is anagram for plural service people in another force?

Answer to the anagram puzzle: Marine -><-Airmen.

Too much baby Einstein?
Too much baby Einstein?

A recent study published in May showed that adults who were more apt to pick up statistical regularities, or patterns to the rest of us non-scientist people – were quicker to pick up a second language than those who did not grasp patterns as quickly.   That’s not to say if an anagram or pattern spotting is a snap for you, it’s time to rush out and try to learn Turkish or Czech by Rosetta Stone and osmosis.  Continue reading “Anagram Answer”

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

This is wicked cool, and I’ve never tried the reblog function.



If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!


1. Where Google Street View is Available


Map by Google



2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System


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So this happened

MSNBC's concept of NEw York State - what it's all upstate anyways?
MSNBC’s concept of New York State . What, it’s all upstate anyway?

This happened on MCNBC’s Martin Bashir’s show Tuesday night.  It looks like the intern either has never left Manhattan, except for the MSNBC other office in same place as CNBC in New Jersey (and then only to be totally surprised that not everyone looks like Snooki or JWowwwwwwww) or its all part of a DHS and DoD effort to completely misinform terrorists on where POTUS is going to be. Continue reading “So this happened”

Fun with letters and patterns

Anagram fun: Can you think of a US Armed Force that is the anagram for the plural noun form of those active in another force?
Newspapers in Arabic, English, Chinese and French as seen in Cairo.
Newspapers in Arabic, English, Chinese and French as seen in Cairo.

As an example, think of this riddle (and I apologize to any Army fans who are insulted by the wording, but I only had four letters to work with.)  What is the anagram of an armed force when its soldier goes wimpy?  Or more PC-  What given name is the anagram of an armed force?
Answer: Army -> <- Mary. Mary -><-Army.  Uma, Oprah. Continue reading “Fun with letters and patterns”