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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World



If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check out ChartsBin.com. There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!


1. Where Google Street View is Available


Map by Google



2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System


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A Russian Priest Helps Prostitutes Mend Their Ways


Hegumen Yevstafy (Zhakov), rector of John the Baptist Nativity Church in the Oreshek Fortress, Shlisselburg, the Leningrad Region, takes care of streetwalkers.

He met one girl in the street. She stopped the priest’s car and offered her services. In return, Father Yevstafy offered her his help, Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper reports Tuesday.

At the beginning, he gives the girls weekly pocket money of 5-7 thousand rubles so that they could buy themselves food and even some decent clothes. Then he tries to develop their good taste and take them out to socialize.

“It is very important; otherwise a girl who thinks she is fallen and disgraced is unable to raise her self-esteem. When she feels that she is treated with respect, as a normal person, she starts hoping for a better life, Father Yevstafy explained.

He takes the girls out to art-cafes, exhibitions, and museums and even to opera shows and helps them to start education.

He helped one girl to buy an apartment room which she eventually sold and moved to an apartment in Gatchina, the Leningrad Region. Now she is working as a shop assistant and has a family. He also helped another girl to enter St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. Upon graduation, she got successfully married and gave birth to a son.

(Ed: A “hegumen” is the head of a Orthodox Christian monastic community, and it is also a title of honor applied to certain monks who are also priests.)

The original article was found on Interfax-Religion.com:


God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

This video is too beautiful not to share. I don’t really have much to say as I think it is self explanatory. The boy has Down Syndrome. Some would call him defective. Many would say that his mother should have aborted him. Just as many would claim that she had the civil right to do so. At one time conception was treated as a blessing, and children were seen as a gift from God. Today, unless a child is conceived at a convenient time, and it is physically perfect in every way, it may be considered less than human and disposed of as medical waste. As this video reminds us upon closing “God does not make mistakes”.

This video was found on YouTube.

This Blog Still Lives!

Yes, I know that updates to my blog have been few and far between lately.  The truth is that your humble wordsmith has been been bogged down in a lengthly work-related project since August.  That job keeps the lights burning here, but I expect to resume more frequent updates after the turn of the year.  I only ask for your patience, and wish a Merry Christmas and seasonal greetings to all of my readers!