As long as the situation at the Fukushima power plant remains out of control, people are going to keep on being worried about radiation exposure. Even though we're exposed to a fair amount of radiation in our daily lives (like every time you eat a banana), everyone is pretty naive about where radiation comes from and what it can do.
It's amazing that the horoscope industry persists, with all of its chicanery and gimmicks. But persist it does, and every single day, millions of people really do feel that the alignment of stars, hundreds of light years distant, is telling them to look for a new girlfriend or buy a tighter fitting pair of pants. (Mercury rising! Sexy times!)
For the past year, David McCandless has immersed himself in the story-telling possibilities of charts, and the fruit of those efforts—works he's done, and works contributed by a slew of all-star designers—are now collected in "The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia."