The web has come a long way. Before we were "tweeting" and "liking" videos and products, we were creating web pages that said "Hello World!" and showing off our ability to make H1 and H2 tags. Fast forward to today and we have built a pretty cool place as a society. Every day millions of graphics, videos, and other forms of content go live. So much of what we see on the web today is complete crap. However, every now then a piece comes along that really makes me glad we have today's capabilities on the web. Below I've laid out five interactives that I feel are worth the look.
The History of the Tax Code
With tax season now over, the last thing you probably want to think about is taxes. However, Intuit's CPA Select put together a pretty cool visual breaking down all 73,954 pages of the U.S. Tax Code. As you scroll down the page, you can see the pages getting bigger and bigger. I would never sit down and read about the Tax Code, but I would go through this.
The Effects of Drugs in America
We've all heard scary stats about drugs since we were kids, and it's easy to forget just how big of an issue drugs are becoming. This interactive breaks down our country's drug issue by state in a really visual way. The creepiest part is the page tracks how long you have been on the page and shows at the bottom how many people died of drug use while you were reading the page.
The Pixar Theory
On July 11th, 2013 Jon Negroni published "The Pixar Theory", which went on to prove that every single Pixar movie actually takes place in the same universe. The post is absolutely brilliant but it is quite the read. PixarTheory.com took Jon's post and turned it into a simplified way to learn about The Pixar Theory. Really good job by both parties.
Total Time Watching TV Shows
This is brilliant. With services like Netflix and Hulu taking over our lives, we've all wondered at least once how much time we have spent watching our favorite shows. Tiii.me is a page set up that allows you to plug in what TV shows you have watched and how many seasons you have watched. It then gives you a total of how much of your life you spent watching TV. Warning: The numbers may disturb you.
Can You Live on the Minimum Wage
The discussion of minimum wage will always be a hot topic in our country. Recently, The New York Times put together an interactive that shows you whether or not you could live on minimum wage. You don't realize how little that is until you plug in how much your cost of living and what that would look like on minimum wage. Regardless of what side you are on when it comes to this controversial topic, you'll find this interactive interesting.