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Standalone US Cities

Recently I had a random thought: why is it that some city articles on Wikipedia are called, for example, Nashville, Tennessee – while others are simply, Seattle or Dallas? Is Nashville simply not culturally significant enough to stand on its own, without the cumbersome state identifier? Wikipedia has extensive policy about the article names for geographical locations, […]

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UChicago over Stanford?

UChicago is higher ranked than Stanford (US News) because UChicago is better at generating the right stats for the methodology. You could call it gaming the system, but that’s a little unfair since it’s not all deliberate. According to Parchment.com’s statistics, about one in three students choose UChicago over Stanford, if admitted to both. Here’s […]

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Why does England have so many more people than Scotland and Wales?

It’s mostly a matter of physical geography. Take a look at this satellite image of the British Isles, without any borders. Right away you can see where the hilly and mountainous terrain is – mostly in Great Britain’s north and west. Mountainous terrain gives you benefits as well as drawbacks: The rugged land is more […]

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Response: “Why are ghettos mostly populated by blacks?”

I’ll start by saying that not all ghettos are populated by blacks. The word ghetto itself comes from an Italian term for the area of the town to which Jews are restricted (ethnic Jews are not black). In the United States, the term ghetto has come to mean an urban or suburban area that is […]

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The Unscientific Bay Area

Edit: If you want to print this poster on your own at your local Kinko’s/Staples, please send me a few bucks through PayPal. As soon as I get the payment I’ll send a crisp vector file to your email! Email me at trub@uchicago.edu if you’d rather use Venmo or something else. I appreciate all the support. Here’s a […]

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