Map Monday, Per capita oddities for each US state

Map Monday continues the popular (by my admittedly subjective standard) series of ‘what each state leads in‘ with a look at per capita oddities.  I’m often asked how I find the maps featured on Map Monday.  As with most things I do, there’s no specific formula.  In this case I… Read more“Map Monday, Per capita oddities for each US state”

Map Monday, Who really discovered America?

Who discovered America?  This simple three word question often elicits strong reactions.  Why?  Primarily because other than a wind-blown Chinese junk the generally accepted answers are all Europeans.  As a fifth-grader I was required to write a paragraph answering this question.  I dutifully wrote several sentences about the expected answer… Read more“Map Monday, Who really discovered America?”

Map Monday, gerrymandering US congressional districts

Gerrymandering is the art of drawing political boundaries to benefit a particular party.  The term traces its origins to early 19th century machinations of Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry.  In 1812 the governor approved the creation of convoluted districts that benefited his party.  One of the districts wrapped around the city… Read more“Map Monday, gerrymandering US congressional districts”