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Here's How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Part of the Country

Andy Woodruff
Andy Woodruff

Daylight saving time was created to benefit Americans, but not every part of the country is affected equally. Within the Eastern time zone, for instance, the sun rises a whole 40 minutes earlier in New York City than it does in Detroit. To illustrate how daylight saving time impacts sunrise and sunset times around the county, cartographer Andy Woodruff published a series of helpful maps on his website.

Below, the map on the left depicts how many days of reasonable sunrise time—defined as 7:00 a.m. or earlier—each part of the country is getting. The regions in the yellow sections have the most days with early sunrises and the darker parts have the fewest. On the right, the second map shows how many sunsets past 5:00 p.m. we’re getting each year, which appear to be a lot more abundant. 

Next, he visualized what these sunrise and sunset times would look like if daylight saving were abolished completely, something many people have been pushing for years. While our sunset times remain pretty much the same, the mornings start to look a lot sunnier for people all over the country, especially in places like West Texas. 

And for those of you who were curious, here’s what America would look like if daylight saving time were in effect year-round. While mornings would look miserable pretty much everywhere, there’d at least be plenty of sunshine to enjoy once we got off work. 

You can tinker with an interactive version of the daylight saving map on Woodruff’s blog.

[h/t: Vox]

All images courtesy of Andy Woodruff.

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The Most Common "Why Do" Questions People Are Asking In Your State, According to Google

Among its many uses, Google serves as a virtual therapist, animal behaviorist, and armchair physician, according to a new map created by the team over at AT&T All Home Connections. The group mined Google Trends to look up each state's most asked "Why do" questions, and broke down their findings into a single map.

Luckily for internet users across America, Mental Floss has answers for some of these pressing questions. For example, residents of Oregon, Iowa, Kansas, and Kentucky wondered why cats like to knead, or "make biscuits." This puzzling behavior could be chalked up to cats trying to mark humans as "territory" using the scent glands in their paws. Or, it could be a "neotenic behavior," or a kittenish trait that cats retain as adults.

As for Floridians, many want an explanation for why they "feel so alone." Meanwhile, Utah and Louisiana residents wanted to know why we yawn. (Short answer? We don't know, although there are many theories.) Hawaiians were curious about the history of Halloween. (Its origins are rooted in an ancient Celtic holiday known as Samhain.) And South Carolinians and Washington, D.C. locals who googled "Why do I sweat so much?" will likely be relieved to learn that their perspiration levels are probably average.

Check out the full results in the map below.

"The Most-Googled 'Why Do You' Question In Your State" map, created by ATTSavings
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The Most Popular Thanksgiving Foods in All 50 States, Mapped
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Not everyone eats (or even likes) turkey on Thanksgiving. The exact food served at the annual U.S. feast varies from household to household according to personal tastes and, more importantly, region. In the South, for example, stuffing might be made with cornbread, while there’s a good chance that anything served in Minnesota will come in a casserole dish.

To highlight regional Turkey Day tastes, General Mills collected data from top recipe searches on BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com, and the cooking website Tablespoon.com from November 1, 2016 through Thanksgiving Day 2016. They compiled the state-by-state findings into a map so we could see what Americans like to chow down on during the holiday.

It turns out, home chefs in Georgia, South Carolina, Delaware, and North Carolina largely searched for sweet potato dishes, while West Virginians, Ohioans, and Pennsylvanians wanted to make buffalo chicken dip. And oddly enough, the denizens of two landlocked states—Arizona and Wisconsin—sought out shrimp recipes.

Proving that some Thanksgiving desserts are relatively universal, however, residents of six states—including South Dakota, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Mexico, and New Hampshire—all looked for various types of pie.

Check out the full findings in the map below.

A map by General Mills depicting the most popular Thanksgiving food in each state
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