Countries That Haven't Adopted the Metric System

I just stumbled on this map that we first posted (via Digg) in 2008. The map may have used as its source the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, which in 2006 said this about The Axis of Medieval:

"At this time, only three countries—Burma, Liberia, and the US—have not adopted the International System of Units (SI, or metric system) as their official system of weights and measures."

We should point out that even these three countries do use elements of the metric system. And Burma's (Myanmar's) Deputy Minister for Commerce says his country is taking steps to adopt it officially.

For a look at the struggle to get Americans to think in meters, here's a story we ran on the sole employee of the U.S. Metric Program.

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly.

The Most Popular Kid-Friendly Scary Movie In Each State, Mapped


If you’re settling down on the couch to watch 1993 classic The Nightmare Before Christmas this Halloween season, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most searched-for kid-friendly Halloween movies in the U.S. this year, according to data compiled by telecom company Frontier. As Fatherly reports, Frontier looked at Google Trends data from all 50 states to see which PG- and G-rated movies are most popular across the country.

The list draws on data from the entire year and includes 15 different movies, not all of which you would automatically consider Halloween movies. (Harry Potter films may involve ghosts, but they're not what you typically sit down to watch immediately after carving jack-o-lanterns.) It does feature spooky standbys like Beetlejuice (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), Casper (1995), and Halloweentown (1998), as well as kids' favorites from the past few years like 2012 movies Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania.

A table of icons representing different childrens' movies

The data shows there's variability from state-to-state when it comes to which ghosts and goblins kids prefer to see onscreen, and it’s not always regionally specific. Ghostbusters (1984) tops the list in 10 different states, mostly throughout the northern part of the nation. Coco (2017) is beloved by Californians (no surprise there—it’s also the state’s favorite Pixar movie, according to similar data) but it’s also the top movie in Washington, Idaho, Nebraska, Illinois, and Ohio. Beetlejuice is a hit in Colorado, Alabama, and New Hampshire.

Did your favorite make the list?

[h/t Fatherly]

Each State's Favorite Celebrity Chef

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit
Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Whether they specialize in baking, travel, or food science, celebrity chefs are an American obsession. For the map below, USDirect sifted through Google Trends data to determine where in the country television's most famous foodies are most popular.

The late Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations and Parts Unknown, is the celebrity chef with the most widespread appeal. The well-traveled television personality is the top-searched chef in 10 states, including Texas, Florida, and California. Host of Good Eats and Iron Chef America Alton Brown is a close runner-up, dominating search trends in Missouri, Oregon, Alaska, and five more states.

Unsurprisingly, many celebrity chefs are the favorites of their home states. In Louisiana, New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse is number one, while Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes is beloved in Maryland. Pioneer woman Ree Drummond is the favorite food star in her home state of Oklahoma and Cleveland chef Michael Symon takes Ohio.

In Nevada, no one chef reigns supreme. Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine, Gordon Ramsay, and Guy Fieri are all tied for most popular, and for good reason—between them, they own 16 restaurants in Las Vegas.

The round-up shows that American chefs aren't the only celebrities people search for in the states: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry of The Great British Bake Off both appear on the map.

To see which celebrity chef your home state loves, check out the map below.

Map of popular celebrity chefs.