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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Mapping the Spread of Obesity
A look at the rise for each state over three decades, for men and women.
Remote Workers vs. Non-Remote Workers
How the schedules between remote and non-remote workers differ during workdays.
How People Like You Spend Their Time
Looking at American time use for various combinations of sex, age, and employment status, on weekdays and weekends.