The 2020-21 NBA season tips off tomorrow night with nine games!
2020 has certainly presented its challenges, and it’s been no different for the sports world. In the National Football League, several games have had to be rescheduled this season due to several positive COVID-19 cases from around the league. Earlier this season in the NBA, the entire league moved their games to what became known as the “NBA Bubble,” which was an isolation zone at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, with the purpose to protect the NBA players for the remainder of the season.
Jump shots are one of the most exciting parts of the action in the National Basketball Association, and this very interesting graphic from /u/Alexander_Varlamov and CoolBlueData.com takes a look at the jump shot density in the NBA for a span of 23 basketball seasons (it begins with the 1997-1998 NBA season). Some of the greatest jump shooters in the history of the NBA are actually active today, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
As the animated timeline ticks past the 2003-2004 season, a shift in how the game is played becomes obvious—players have become much more likely to go for three-pointers than in the past. By 2016-2017, it had become the vast majority of shots, and in the 2019-2020 season, the map seems to indicate that two-pointer jump shots have become a true rarity in the game of basketball. Teams know that three-pointers can win championships, and if you can hit them consistently, the extra points can really add up!
Currently, the longest successful jump shot in the history of the National Basketball Association was 89 feet (27 m), and it was hit by Baron Davis on February 17, 2001. Davis made the shot with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Bucks. Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, and also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks over the course of 15-season NBA career.
Animated Timeline Shows Nuclear Warheads by Country Over Time
A nuclear warhead is a highly advanced and meticulously engineered device designed to release an immense amount of energy through nuclear fission or fusion reactions. Comprising fissile materials, triggering mechanisms, and containment structures, it operates by initiating a chain reaction within the atomic nucleus, leading to a catastrophic explosion that far surpasses the destructive power of conventional explosives. The controlled release of nuclear energy in warheads underscores their devastating potential, shaping global security dynamics and emphasizing the critical importance of preventing their use.
This visualization, as posted by Reddit user PieChartPirate, shows off the nuclear warheads by country, specifically from 1950 through 2022. The visualization was created with SJVisualizer, and the source for the data came from Wikipedia. This is a fascinating look at this information, which by 2022, shows that the worldwide leader in terms of nuclear warheads is Russia with 5,889. Following Russia are the United States (5,244), China (410), France (290), United Kingdom (225), Pakistan (170), India (164), Israel (90), and North Korea (50).
According to the data, if you were to go all the way back to 1951, which is where this visualization starts, only two countries are represented – those being the United States (with 320 at the time) and the Soviet Union (with 7 at the time). Within ten years, more countries were topping the rankings, as by 1961, the United States had 19,381 nuclear warheads, the Soviet Union saw a dramatic jump from 7 to 1,874, the United Kingdom had 65, and France possessed just two.
Illustrated Timeline Shows the Evolution of Women’s Swimwear
This new illustrated timeline comes to us from Lulus.com, a women’s fashion company based in California, and shows the fascinating evolution of swimwear over time. From classical antiquity to modern day, swim suits for women have gone through some significant changes. Over time, women’s swimwear have gone from fully nude to fully clothed to the bikinis and one-piece swimsuits you commonly see today. Without further ado, here is the evolution of female swimsuit styles.
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Starting off in the 8th to 5th century BCE, you’ll notice the featured swimwear style is not unlike swimsuits you might see today. Over the next one thousand years (up until the 16th century) swimwear remained scantily clad or even nonexistent. It was in the 17th century, however, that things made a dramatic turn to a prudish approach to swimming. And things didn’t get and less prude for quite a few hundred years! Women often swam fully clothed in what looked like night gowns in the 17th and 18th century, and evolved into bathing outfits with loose fitting pants and blouses that covered nearly all of the woman’s skin.
In the 20th century, skin started to make its debut once again. In the western world, showing more and more skin became commonplace as one and (eventually) two piece bathing suits emerged. If you visit a public beach or public pool today, you can expect to see a wide range of swimsuits on women. It makes one think: what will women’s swimwear look like in another hundred years?
How Prom Dress Styles Have Evolved Over Time
When you think of prom the first image that may pop into your head is a sea of colorful and extravagant dresses dancing the night away. The style of dresses you’re picturing, though, will depend entirely on the decade that you attended prom. Fashion trends are always evolving and that proves especially true when it comes to prom dress styles, as seen in this visual from popular fashion brand Lulus.
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It starts with the early 1900s Victorian Era and travels through current day trends on a fashion blast through the past of the most popular prom dress styles from every decade. Here you’ll find the free and fun flapper dresses of the 1920s to the long and flowing bohemian dresses of the 1970s. As you go through the timeline of dresses it’s interesting to note how popular movies or celebrities had an impact on a decade’s fashion trends. The popularity of “Gone With the Wild” in the 1940s brought back the Victorian-Era style dresses that had been popular forty years prior. Pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera influenced the prom dress styles that were popular in the 2000s. As the dress styles change from decade to decade, one thing about prom remains the same and that is the desire to get decked out in fancy attire and dance the night away with friends and classmates. And to see who is crowned Prom King and Prom Queen, of course! What type of prom dress do you think will emerge as one of the most popular styles of the 2020s?
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