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The United States Ranked by the Length of Their Wikipedia Articles

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The Data Is Beautiful Subreddit has long been a favorite stomping ground of the staff here at The Chartistry. In fact, it was beautiful data visualizations that I was introduced to there that first ignited my love for charts. As you might have guessed, today’s visualization comes from this very place. Unlike most visualizations we feature here, this one proves that a good visualization doesn’t need to be beautiful; sometimes they just need to be functional.

Reddit user Gullyn1 has created a simple map that reveals the United States by the length of their Wikipedia articles. You can find the original Reddit post here. Gullyn1 explains in a comment that they used Wikipedia’s API and Python to create the map.

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United States by Wikipedia Article Length

At a glance, it appears that New York and California are the clear front runners. It’s unclear why some articles are longer than others but if I had to guess, I’d wager that it’s the states with the most history and those that have had the most notable events (both positive and negative). According to the raw data, California is the longest at 5,810,441 bytes for its main and sub-articles and New York comes in as a close second place with 5,655,709 bytes.

“This is great and all, but isn’t this map just showing a trend that the states with the highest populations also have the longest Wikipedia articles?” You might be right! That’s why I was especially happy to see that Gullyn1 created an additional map that adjusts for population. See it here:

The United States Ranked by The Length of Their Wikipedia Articles Per Capita (in Bytes)

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US States by Wikipedia Article Length Per Capita

When you look at the data like this, interesting and more meaningful trends begin to emerge. After adjusting for population, Montana, North and South Dakota, Vermont, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Hawaii are the new front runners.

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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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