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  1.  (9993.1)
    it is always fun to look at population statistics:

    Population of

    Egypt: 80,482,000
    Poland: 38,186,860
    Canada: 34,506,000
    Greece: 11,329,618


    Russia: 142,905,200
    Pakistan: 176,535,000


    New York City: 8,175,133
    Hong Kong: 7,097,600
    Ireland: 4,581,269


    Even though I've come back to the page more than once, news coverage and cultural signals rearrange the relative size of different countries in my head into something very different than reality

    Followup question: what does Poland have to do to get more news-share? I think Poland should start going out with Brad Pitt.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
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    Russia: 142,905,200
    Pakistan: 176,535,000

    That's the stat that blows my mind just a little bit. I mean, Jesus, how do they all fit in there?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
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    Mexico City vs. Australia is a favorite one of mine.

    Mexico City Metropolitan Area: 21.2 million people
    Australia: 21,874,900

    Abuh.
    • CommentAuthorSBarrett
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
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    The drop off from China and India, at numbers 1 and 2, to USA, at number 3, is insane.

    China: 1,339,724,852
    India: 1,210,193,422
    USA: 311,691,000

    Yeahbuhwha?

    That is about 3 times as many people in a country that is a third the size!
  2.  (9993.5)
    Funny, funny, funny Fiona...
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
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    @SBarrett - The US is incredibly inefficient at using its area (in the portions that actually have people living in them; a huge part of the country is literally nothing but open field, mountains, or desert) and it is, per capita, much more well off and thus people aren't *forced* to be in constant close quarters.

    What is more mind-boggling is how the US can easily feed all the people in those countries but it refuses to, and would rather have grain rot in a parking lot than give it to people that can use it.

    Sorry for the derail, I'll go back to hiding now.
  3.  (9993.7)
    er, Phoenix, you've got something there, on your... city




    dust storm in Phoenix, AZ, July 5 2011
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2011
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    Yeah, our house was caught in the middle of it--at one point we literally couldn't see anything outside of our porch.
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    Those pesky Creationists get hoist by their own petard, thanks to the combined awesomeness of 1. A GENIUS, 2. "CREATION SCIENCE" hahaha no seriously that's what they call it, and 3. MOTHERFUCKING DINOSAURS.

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, you Noah-bothering numpties.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    highlights from tumblr:



    and



    ..
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorKelind
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    @rickiep00h - I distinctly remember what happened to the vast majority of food aid the US sent to countries during the nineties: It sat on tarmacs and in warehouses, rotting. Or, the officials of those countries kept if for themselves, never distributing to those who needed it. Or it was resold for a profit by the same officials. Or a combination thereof

    It's not an easy task to feed the world and it's mind-boggling that anyone thinks it is.

    But, back to more pressing matters!

    Looks like agent orange is being used again, this time by Brazilian ranchers.
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    @Wood
    I feel sick.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    Not that anyone noticed I was gone but I WAS and now I am back I bring you:

    The Robots of Brixton (on vimeo, so no embedding)


    Having just come back from Mexico City, I can easily believe that it has the same population as Australia. It just seems to go on forever and ever and ever...
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    This should be the poster for this thread.

    • CommentAuthorKelind
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
     (9993.16)
    @taphead - So true!
  6.  (9993.17)
    I could make a "The South will rise again!!!" crack, but I shan't.

    V.D. Blues
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      CommentAuthorDarthmoga
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    @johnjones We fit into pakistan quite snugly, thank you very much ;) still plenty of enexplored uninhabited areas.
    But seriously, i read somewhere that if all of humanity were to stand huddled in one large mass, it would cover a surface area equivalent to that of Los Angeles
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2011
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    @Yaboo Chinga: What terrifies me is that that's someone's uncle. And he probably tells these stories at Thanksgiving.
  7.  (9993.20)
    I have actually read this book. It is the novel equivalent of watching The Room.

    I DARE YOU TO READ IT.

    (Or at least read a sample, if there is one.)

    Amazon Kindle link