size-starbucks

The Size of Starbucks

June 17, 2014

The scale of Starbucks. Taking its name from a character in Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, Starbucks has grown from its humble beginnings (a single location in Seattle) to be the world’s largest coffeehouse. With over 16,000 stores world-wide, spanning 50 countries, Starbucks has achieved a world presence rivalled only by America’s fast food chains. […]

Tilt Shifting the Neighborhood

Tilt Shifting the Neighborhood

October 6, 2012

How do you make the really big look really small? By learning how Renaissance painters made the really small look really big -then throw it into reverse! Here’s a visual how-to for creating your own tilt shift images using images from any old map’s aerial imagery. Learn more about the brain hack that is tilt […]

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What’s the Biggest City in the USA?

September 8, 2012

Bet you didn’t guess, “Sitka, Alaska.” What does “big” mean, anyway? Thinking of scale in terms of city size often railroads us right into population. But when it comes to defining borders, some “little” places think big. Source

Energy scale with 100 levels of magnitude

Energy scale with 100 levels of magnitude

July 18, 2012

An illustrated scale of energy, starting from the energy of a photon to a gamma ray burst. Source

Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean Trench

Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean Trench

June 29, 2012

Designed by Karl Tate, Our Amazing Planet: Top to Bottom is a cool infographic that looks at the scale of things from the upper atmosphere to the deepest ocean depths. The infographic is HUGE (14,677 pixels tall), and that keeps it accurate to the scale. It’s unreadable when the entire infographic is viewed on the […]

Shocking Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Shocking Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

June 3, 2012

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 was released on November 8th and as it broke record sales in its first day, we decided to look into just how big this game was and compare it with modern day war costs to show just how big the scale is! Source

Radiation Dose Chart

Radiation Dose Chart

May 19, 2012

This is a chart of the ionization radiation dose a person can absorb from various sources. The unit for absorbed dose is “sievert” (Sv), and measures the effect a dose of radiation will have on the cells of the body. One sievert (all at once) will make you sick, and too many more will kill […]