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Heatmap Video Shows the Migration of New Coronavirus Cases Over Time

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Today’s new animated heatmap comes to us from City-Data.com and follows the trends of new confirmed coronavirus cases around the United States over time. The animation was created using Leaflet.js, Folium Python library, and Monosnap and was shared by a member of the City-Data team on Reddit who goes by the name /u/absurddreams. All data was sourced from the New York Times. Check it out below:

It’s no secret that an early epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States was New York City. As we now know, even though the virus itself originated in China, the origin of the major outbreak in New York has been traced to travelers from Europe. In the first few months of 2020, millions of travelers came to the U.S. from Europe through major NYC-area airports such as John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

A Time Line of Notable Trends:

  • As the animation begins to unfold, a few hotspots begin to emerge, the most obvious of which is the aforementioned NYC area.
  • As the end of April comes to pass, a number of pockets throughout the Central United States are visible, but the Northeastern United States are still dominate.
  • However, when mid-May arrives, New York and the rest of the Northeast have faded significantly.
  • By mid-June, new COVID-19 cases in the Northeast are negligible, almost completely gone, and the worst zones have shifted to Southern states where several growing pockets have emerged.
  • As the clock dials around to present day (July 7th) the Southern states, particularly from eastern Texas to South Carolina, are inundated with new coronavirus cases.

The unfortunate and alarming surge in cases across the Southern and even Western states is likely an unfortunate side effect of states failing to impose lockdowns and guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus early on.

The sharp decline in New York and Northeast COVID-19 cases has been attributed to the comprehensive stay-at-home orders, face mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, etc. that were organized by those states. They have flatted the curve for now, but the pandemic is far from over.

As of the date of this publication, this video was last updated on July 8, 2020. See this video and other great visualizations on the City-Data.com COVID-19 graphs and animations page.

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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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