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Mesmerizing Visualization Shows the Spread of Western Culture Over the Past 2,000 Years (Video)

Dr. Maximilian Schich is a professor of art and technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. His current research focuses on how the spread of the arts and sciences affected the spread of culture.

To illustrate this process, he decided to map the movements of 100,000 of the most influential figures of western culture from the past 2,000 years.

Among the names were people like Apple founder Steve Jobs, Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen, and the famous artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.

Schich gathered information about the birth and death places of all these great figures, and plotted it on an interactive map. Being able to actually see culture as it spreads over time is a truly fascinating experience:

(h/t Quartz)

The Coolest Places On Earth: The Rock of Guatapé, Colombia (Pictures)

The Rock of Guatapé is a massive monolithic rock structure made up of quartz, feldspar and mica. It is located in the small Colombian city of Guatapé.

The monolith is estimated to weigh around 11 million tons, and is 7,005 feet above sea level at its highest point. There are also a number of breaks in the rocks- one of these breaks was used for the construction of the 650 stairs which lead to the top. From there, it’s another 90 steps to reach the top viewing point.

Check out some pictures below:

At the top of the rock are a few small souvenir shops, a restaurant, and the viewing platform, which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

The rock is located near the border of the neighboring town of El Peñol, and both towns claim the rock as their own. At one point, residents of Guatapé decided they would settle the argument by painting the name of their town in giant white letters on the rock.

However, residents of El Peñol quickly noticed, and a mob gathered to stop the painting. Only the G and part of the U were completed.