What if all the TV shows existed not only in a single universe, but in a single city? And what if that city was Washington, D.C.? That's the concept behind U.K. Printmaker Dorothy's latest map. Click over to FastCo Design to read more about it.
This map by mathematician and software developer Brad Lyon visualizes all simulated births and deaths around the world in real time, using the d3.js library created by Michael Bostock (NYTimes graphics editor). The results are absolutely mesmerizing. It's one thing to know that, based on current birth and death rates, hundreds of people are born and hundreds others die nearly every minute. It's another thing entirely to see it. Read more about the project over at the Atlantic, or see the map in action here.
This map has been making the rounds on different media sites, but it's still pretty fun. According to Blowfish (maker of the map), Budweiser can no longer claim the title "King of Beers"-- instead, that title belongs to Blue Moon. Of course, what interests me the most isn't the most popular national beer, but rather the regional trends in beer preferences. Click over to Slate to learn more.