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Comparing Gun Friendliness in Each State to Their Firearm Homicide Rate

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Guns have always been a topic of contention in America. Pro-gun roups constantly clash with gun-control advocates over second amendment rights. It is often at the forefront of political debate, Republicans typically being on the pro-gun side and Democrats being for stricter gun control. When there is a violent mass shooting or an uptick in gun violence in the United States, new gun control measures become a renewed topic of discussion on news programs. Many major federal gun control laws in the United States are the result of a violent firearm-related incident. Although there are several federal gun control laws, state gun laws can vary greatly. For example, you can openly carry a firearm with a license if you are in the state of Texas. In New York, you can only carry concealed with a license. NY state also prohibits any state resident without a NYS Pistol License from owning a handgun at all, but if you were a resident in South Carolina you could walk into a gun shop and walk out with a handgun without needing a license. It can be much easier or more difficult to obtain firearms depending on your geographic location.

But do a state’s gun control restrictions have any effect on the gun violence in that state?

This extensive map from Joslyn Law Firm called ‘Comparing Gun Control Measures to Gun-Related Homicides by State‘ is an excellent resource. They give each state a ‘gun friendliness score’ and the lower the score, the tougher the gun restrictions.

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Below are the 10 states with the highest firearm homicide rates in the country along with their gun-friendliness scores:

  1. Louisiana: 11.0 (3)
  2. Mississippi: 10.2 (5)
  3. Alabama: 9.5 (4)
  4. Missouri: 8.5 (5)
  5. Maryland: 7.4 (1)
  6. South Carolina: 7.4 (3)
  7. Tennessee: 6.7 (4)
  8. Illinois: 6.5 (2)
  9. Arkansas: 6.2 (3)
  10. Georgia: 6.2 (4)

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Penis Lengths Around the World

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Who says size doesn’t matter? Certainly not the men of Sudan who were found to have the world’s largest average penis size. According to sex-toy site TooTimid.com, the average length of an erect penis in Sudan is 7.07 inches long, or 17.95 cm for our metric friends. Sudan’s impressive average length just barely beat out its neighboring country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which had a reported average penis length of 7.06 inches when erect. We have to say, with average lengths that long the banana was a great choice to represent the male member on this pretty pink graphic! If you’re wondering what the average penis size is in other countries, TooTimid put together quite the compendium of worldwide penis lengths. Their inclusive chart ranks 143 countries on the average length of an erect penis among its male citizens. In addition to erect penis sizes, they’ve even highlighted the top ten countries that were found to have the longest average flaccid penis. If you’re more interested in girth than length, the top ten lists for the countries with the largest penis circumference (both erect and flaccid) are also waiting to be discovered by you below. What about the countries with the shortest penis size? Don’t worry, the team at TooTimid covered that too! This chart of countries ranked by penis size truly has it all. How does your member measure up to the rest of the world? Check out the map of average penis sizes around the world and see for yourself!

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What Percentage of Every Country Can Read and Write?

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Can you imagine what life would be like if you could not read or write? This intriguing chart provided by USCareerInstitute.edu explores world countries with the highest and lowest literacy rates. Check it out:

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What is literacy? Here is how the National Literacy Trust describes it: “Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world.” The global literacy rate is at 86.81%, but there over a dozen countries that under a 50% literacy rate. The United States has a literacy rate of 99%, which is actually the lowest among the top countries! There are nine countries that boast an impressive 100% literacy rate: Andorra, Finland, Greenland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and North Korea. North Korea’s 100% ranking is suspicious, although the data comes directly from the CIA. Do you believe it?

If you want to foster literacy in your own children, here are some quick tips:

  1. Start reading to your children at a young age. Incorporating reading into a child’s bedtime routine offers not only quality time together but also plants the seeds for a love of reading and learning.
  2. Begin by practicing sight words. These are words that are easy to read without having to sound out the letters. This is helpful for building vocabulary and phonemic awareness.
  3. Encourage children to choose their own books, even if they are just going by the pictures. This cultivates investment in reading time. Learning is easier when it is fun and children feel heard!

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States Ranked by How Often Their Residents Poop

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Ever wonder how much you poop compared to other people? Well, that’s exactly what the fine folks at porta-potty provider AAWSI.com are aiming to find out with their new study. Based on a nationwide survey, the study reveals how many times people from each U.S. state poops on average. While all states maintained a similar average, some clear winners and losers have certainly emerged. Check out the visualization.

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As you’ll see, the residents of Michigan topped the charts with 2.182 poos per day. This number was significantly higher than nearly all states besides Idaho; the potato state squeezes out an average of 2.177 loaves per day. The two states were the only to average above two.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Missouri came in dead last with an average of 1.131 bowel movements per day, averaging more than one full poo fewer per day than the top two states. What causes these discrepancies? Varying diets? Statistical fluke? I wouldn’t venture a guess.

Interestingly, the survey found that the national average sits just above 1.5 poos per day at 1.598, which leads me to believe that nearly everyone goes either once or twice per day on average regardless of where you live in the nation.

Something I have yet to decide on is whether the true “winners” on this list are the states who are pooping the most, or those who are pooping the least.

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