Saturday, January 4, 2014

American Heat Map of the 7 Deadly Sins

"What's in the box??!?" 

When I hear "7 Deadly Sins," I'm immediately reminded of (up to that point) the most terrifying movie experience of my life, aka watching Brad Pitt beg Morgan Freeman to tell him what Kevin Spacey had in the box. If you don't know, I won't spoil it for you. If you do know, I'm sorry if I've inadvertently triggered any PTSD.

When the geographers from Kansas State University thought about the 7 Deadly Sins, they went a different direction. They created a heat map of the spatial distribution of the 7 Deadly Sins across the United States by mapping demographic data related to each of the Sins. For example, to map "wrath" they mapped out murder, assault, and rape. For "gluttony," they mapped out the number of fast food restaurants per capita. It looks like this:

It's all pretty interesting stuff. My biggest take away after looking at all the maps is that people in North Dakota are better than all other Americans. Potentially more bored than the rest of us as well, but still better.

Check out all 7 Deadly Sins at

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