Fun with Maps 325&326

I have been away from the blog for about a month and probably will be for another stint here as Beth is expected to give birth in the next week or less (hopefully less). I’ll be sure to share our birth story as soon as I can after it happens but having a newborn around…

Trip #14 – California [Day 7]

This trip took place from June 30th to July 15th of 2018. The Knutson family numbered three as James was joining Beth and myself on his first major vacation! Day 7; San Francisco: I actually set an alarm to wake James up nice an early so we could try and time his nap. He didn’t…

Fun with Maps 275&276

Map 275 concerns Hurricane Florence and comes in four parts. This series of maps can be found on the New York Times. Each one shows sites of different types that are in the path of Hurricane Florence that might cause additional problems for locals as the strong storm causes flooding throughout the region. Chemical Sites…

Fun with Maps 271&272

It’s Labor Day Weekend so Fun with Maps is back from a long hiatus to bring you more of the world’s best most interesting most recently seen by me maps. And for those wondering how my California Vacation went, don’t worry! The recap posts will be up on the site sometime in the next four…

Fun with Maps 265&266

Map 265 comes from another blog, the Arkansas Extreme Weather Blog. Tornado season is coming up (April, May, and June are the months with the most tornados) so I wanted to feature a map that showed the states in the U.S where they are most common. Kansas, of Wizard of Oz fame, has the most…

Fun with Maps 259&260

The Winter Olympics ended last weekend and I had a blast watching all the events even though the United States didn’t do as well in the medal count as in previous years. I know even the US Olympic Committee is disappointed by the results but I am still very proud of all our athletes! They…

Fun with Maps 257&258

As I’ve said many times, I am obsessed with the Olympics. If you, too, are an Olympics super-fan, you are in the right place! Map 257 shows the various event locations of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Map 78 was the version from 2016’s Summer Games in Rio if you’re interested. There…

Fun with Maps 253&254

Map 250 shows the most popular Super Bowl party foods in each state. The map was created by Minnesota’s own General Mills ahead of this week’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to the game, the commercials, and the food, of course, but I am disappointed my Vikings failed so miserably two weeks…

Fun with Maps 243&244

Map 243 is of a college campus. I really like campuses, both educational and corporate. The way large organizations group buildings is incredibly interesting to me. Some campuses are designed and built from the ground up while some form from existing structures in cities. This particular urban campus, that of the University of Tampa, is…

Fun with Maps 227&228

Football Edition! Football season is back! I’m quite excited, even if the National Football League arrives around the same time as colder weather, the school year, and an over-abundance of pumpkin spice (the one with snow bothers me a hell of a lot more than the others). Although the NFL isn’t perfect (racial issues, players committing…

Trip #10 – Kansas City Bachelor Party [Day 1]

This trip took place April 28th through April 30th, 2017. I drove to Kansas City with my cousin, Todd, for his bachelor party. Also in attendance were my other cousin, Dan, their father/my uncle, Mark, their cousin on the other side, Megan, and Todd’s friend, Mike. Beth was nice enough to allow me to leave her and…

Fun with Maps 159&160

Map 159 shows the viewing areas for different NFL football games at noon today, Sunday, 10/23/16 (it obviously doesn’t show the 3pm games or games on Fox). Each color represents a different football game and shows which media markets got each one. The red is the Jaguars-Raiders game; the one with the widest audience this afternoon.…

Fun with Maps 149&150

Map 149 comes to us from Distractify (and ultimately from InterNations). InterNations does an annual survey of ex-patriots called Expat Insider. “The survey considered many factors, including quality of life, ease in finding a job, political stability, and overall friendliness of the people” in order to determine the most and least friendly countries (it isn’t clear…

Which Olympic Event is Right for You?

I’m a huge fan of the Olympics, and although this is a little late, I think it may be fun to check out which Olympic event is right for you! I would have had it out to you readers sooner but I’ve had a busy two-plus weeks of Olympic viewing and new fatherhood (more on…

Fun with Maps 133&134

Map 133 is about soccer but, surprisingly, not Olympic Soccer Football. This map was posted by the North American Soccer League on Facebook to demonstrate the league’s diversity. There are only 13 teams in the second-tier soccer league (behind top-tier Major League Soccer) but they contain players from 32 nations. You can see all the different…

Fun with Maps 95&96

I had six cubic yards of black dirt dropped off in my driveway last Thursday so I’ve been quite busy. I spent Wednesday night prepping the yard and then Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday moving the dirt into the backyard. There were a couple of areas I wanted to level out including the entire…

Fun with Maps 87&88

Fun with Maps is back with another edition, the second this weekend. Yes, I’m bored. Am I that transparent? Map 87 comes to us from Business Insider using data from the Minnesota Population Center. It shows the median income for millennials throughout the United States. What is a millennial? Essentially, a millennial is a young person. The…

Fun with Maps 79&80

Mmmmmmaps! Mappy map maps! I found Map 79 on Facebook recently. Apparently, the population inside the red zone contains 5% of the world’s total population. That area in red is Bangladesh (population 172 million) and part of India (221 million, in the indicated part anyway). That’s a whopping 393 million people in such a small area…

Fun with Maps 77&78

The best Girl Scout cookies are Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Peanut Butter Patties. If you disagree, you’re wrong! If you’re confused because you recognize Thin Mints but not the others, you might be living in Little Brownie Bakers territory. Did you know that where you live determines the selection of Girl Scout Cookies to…

Fun with Maps 73&74

It’s Super Tuesday in the United States so you might be expecting another political map. My home state of Minnesota is one of the 12 states voting in primaries and caucuses today but I’m all politicked out. All the candidates are stopping by for fundraisers and rallies and I’m bored with it all. I’m plenty opinionated, so this might be surprising…