We might be in an age of big data, but people have been trying to convey large numbers for a long time. John F. Ptak takes a quick look through the archives for the size of big things compared to ships. “These units of measurement do seem a little odd, but they really have a capacity to humanize inescapably difficult numbers by putting them in context with a known entity, like Trinity Church.”
Measuring things with ships
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Million to One Shot, Doc
Between 2009 and 2014, there were an estimated 17,968 visits to the emergency room for things stuck in a rectum. Here are those things’ stories.
If We All Left to “Go Back Where We Came From”
Imagine that those with immigrants in their family tree left the country. Almost everyone, basically.