Here's a wicked data visualization showing America absorbing a certain something from 1820 to 2013:
Created by data analyst Max Galka at Metrocosm, each dot represents 10,000 people. To be clear, these depict documented instances of folks legally gaining permanent resident status; the results of both the slave trade and illegal immigration are not represented here.
If you watched the visualization without reading an explanation of what you were seeing, it would appear ominous—like all of the countries in the world firing multicolored missiles at Kansas City. But while it might look like other countries attacking America, in fact this represents what Dr. Michio Kaku famously referred to as "America's Secret Weapon:"
Alternatively, if you viewed the visualization after watching last night's Warriors game, it looks like a representation of Steph Curry hitting three-point shots in overtime.
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