Etymology Maps about the Geography of Language from Reddit

All of these maps, highlighting the derivation and diaspora of language, were fascinatingly created by Reddit users. In fact, there is now an entire subreddit (/r/etymologymaps) devoted to this.  Several of these were highlighted in an article from The Guardian today.

1. Ananas vs Them 

2. Put on your beer goggles 

3. Does a bear drinking beer sound poetic everywhere? 

4. Arancia happy you're finding out about oranges? 

5. It's all looking rosy 

6. Tea-sing out differences 

7. Rotten apples 

8. Cucumber island 

This article was amended on 14 November 2013 and uses content from this subreddit.

NYC Nabes in Six Words or Less ala </urbane>


A combination of egocentrism and overzealous real estate agents has led to an overabundance of Manhattan neighborhoods. Here’s a guide to the most popular of them, created with the Attention Deficit Generation in mind.

Marble Hill – Basically the Bronx

Inwood – So far away, why bother

Washington Heights – Good to know Spanish here

Morningside Heights – Columbia trying to make ‘SoHa’ happen

Sugar Hill – Bougie, once upon a time

East Harlem – Sneaker capital of the world

Upper East Side – Old people love it

Upper West Side – Your nanny and kids love it

Columbus Circle – Tenth circle of hell

Rockefeller Center – No one lives here, I hope

Diamond District – Not as fun as it sounds

Theater District – Overdressed people with no style

Turtle Bay – Home of drink specials and wings

Midtown East – Drink here until you’re 21

Tudor City – What is this, even

Times Square – Nightmare for epileptics and everyone

Hell’s Kitchen – Great place to pick up hookers

Garment District – Better name: Bedazzled Ringer-Tee Row

Herald Square – There’s a Macy’s and other stuff

Koreatown – Korean BBQ and karaoke FTW

Murray Hill – Frat boys graduate then move here

Union Square – Wallet hasn’t been stolen? Go shopping

Kips Bay – “It’s a hell of a town”

NoMad – Nickname never stuck, mark as ‘Irrelevant’

Chelsea – Homophobic need not apply

Flatiron District – Looking for SVA? Check American Apparel

Stuyvesant Town – You’ll get lost here if stoned

Meatpacking District – Avoid roofies in your $18 cocktail

Alphabet City – Most expensive place to get stabbed

East Village – Score ramen, a tattoo, or heroin

Little Italy – There are some Italian flags here

Greenwich Village – You can’t afford that townhouse, sorry

West Village – NYU and lots of blue hair

Lower East Side – Narrow bars; be skinny to enter

SoHo – Don’t wear heels here

Chinatown – ‘No smoking’ in bars doesn’t apply

TriBeCa – Celebrities live here, for some reason

South Street Seaport – Where the best buskers perform 

via <urbane/> inspired by egocentrism and overzealous real estate agents

Fifteen Incredible Facts in Advertising History

Every now and then, it’s nice to take a break from the serious side of your occupation and learn about the more trivial side of marketing. That’s what we had in mind for you when we learned that David Zaleski at iMedia Connection had come up with a list of “marketing facts that will blow your mind.” We adapted and beefed up Zaleski’s list to provide you the following top craziest marketing facts.

1. The banner ad below was the first ever, created in 1994 by HotWired—now—to monetize its website.

2. 7% of Americans has never heard of Facebook, and10% has never heard of Twitter. The percentages for MySpace, Google+, and LinkedIn are 15%, 55%, and 61%, according to a June 2013 survey from the Social Habit.

3. A lot of food in advertising is inedible, thanks to “food styling.” For example, burgers tend to be superficially cooked, ice cubes are often acrylic, and household cleaners may be used to make cheese look freshly melted.

4. Riche Silverstein, the co-founder of Goodby Silverstein & Parnters—the agency tasked with creating milk ads—originally hated the “Got Milk?” campaign, saying it was lazy and grammatically incorrect.

5. Twitter was first called Twtter, but the name changed several months prior to launch.
5a. The first tweet was “Just setting up my twttr” by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey.

6. The Taco Bell Chihuahua—Remember “Yo quiero Taco Bell”?—was actually a female dog named Gidget, who passed away in 2009.

7. Mobile video is the fastest growth area in marketing, with eMarketer expecting smartphone video viewers to reach 87 million by 2014.

8. Google Ad Sense ads have a click fraud rate of roughly 10%, which Google admits in its Ad Traffic Quality Resource Center.

9. The following ad topped Business Insider’s list as the worst ad of 2013.

10. The number of display ads served rose from 1 trillion in 2009 to 5.3 trillion in 2012, according to comScore, which estimates that the 2012 total equals about 883 digital ads for every person on Earth.

11. Below is the most expensive commercial ever, totaling $33 million. Nicole Kidman was paid $3 million for her “role.”

12. Mountain Dew’s “most racist commercial ever” was created by Tyler, the Creator, co-founder of the hip hop group Odd Future. Part of the ad can be seen in the video below. Skip to 0:41 to avoid the commentary if you prefer.

13. Facebook makes up 20% of all Internet page views and has an average time on site of 20 minutes per user.

14. Published in an 1886 issue of the Atlanta Journal, this was the first Coca-Cola ad:

15. Willard Scott played the first Ronald McDonald, frightening children from 1963 to 1966.

via this site

NYC Open Data Project Mapped: Interactive Visualization of All NYCOpenData

Using the wealth of information provided to the public through NYC's Open Data project, designer and data-junkie Chris Wong maps over 1100 datasets (from New York City agencies and other City organizations available for public use) in this incredible visualization of public New York City data.

The amount of data is truly mind-boggling.  This graph is a window into the incredible amount of information available about the City of New York, and though it takes a few seconds to load (rendering thought the charting library d3.js), nycopendata displays hundreds of datasets organized by categories of local government.  Open Data sections include Housing and Development, City Government, Social Services, Environment, Recreation, Health, Education, Public Safety, Business and Transportation.  Within each category, are hundreds of public records (tables, charts, maps, downloadable files and links) pertaining to violations, demographics, evacuation zones, public housing, and all manner of maps, lists, directories, etc.  At your fingertips is a library of public knowledge, from active medallions for taxi drivers, to a list of all the screens in Times Square to the rental income of coops and condos in Brooklyn provided by the Dept.of Finance

The potential practical applications of this data, to programmers, tech companies and and businesses, as well as to legislators and public policy itself, have yet to be realized.  In fact, even sorting through troves of information is a bit daunting, because comparing isolated statistics do not give them context  (i.e. stats on crime data or public parks may not lend insight on local real estate values, for example.) However, making this information publicly available is an incredible step towards transparency in government, and a great public service to tech in New York City.

  -via Chris Whong