50 Places Based In Fiction You Can Actually Visit

This is cool. You can visit some of those places you have seen in the Movies or on TV Shows! Details from JustTheFlight:

50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

The setting and location of a hit movie or a favourite novel can be integral to the story and why it’s easy to get wrapped up in a world created by the author or director. Some of these places are so thoroughly imagined by their creators, you forget they aren’t real. Some leave spaces and pose questions that only your imagination can fill in. Whether the inspiration behind these fictional destinations is based on a real town, on the creator’s life experiences, or just their vivid imagination, the idea of actually visiting locations like Frank Miller’s brooding Basin City or Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park appeals to many. Thanks to our infographic below, your wish is now our command!

50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

Popular Names

Do you want to predict the popularity of the name you give your newborn?  Details from Time – give this a try to see (no guarantees 🙂 ):

How Popular Will Your Name Be in 25 Years

Chris Wilson @chriswilsondc  

Wondering what to name your kid? Here is how every name will rise and fall in popularity over the next 25 years.

(click on the graphic below to be taken to the search box to enter your name of choice):

How Popular Will Your Name Be in 25 Years    TIME.com

Popular names follow a familiar cycle: They become increasingly common as new parents jump on the bandwagon, only to peak and decline as everyone on the playground starts answering to the same name. Some old standards lie dormant for half a century before gradually returning–hello, Evelyn. Others skyrocket and decline in a few years (that’s you, Miley).

Parents who want to stay ahead of the curve have two major things to consider in a name: the present popularity of a name and where in its popularity cycle it currently sits. The first part is easy to get from the Social Security Administration, which published the most popular baby names of 2013 on Friday. (In the United States, Noahhas unseated Jacob as the most popular boy’s name; Sophia still reigns supreme among girls.) The second is not so simple. Like stocks, hot names can stay dominant for a decade or flame out after a year.

The tool above, developed with Chris Franck, an assistant research professor in statistics at Virginia Tech, predicts how a name will rise or fall in the next 25 years by examining the performance of earlier names that followed similar patterns of popularity.

In the case of Adele, for example, our model found that the name is currently following a pattern very similar to names like GraceEva, and Lavinia, which were similarly popular in the early 20th century and enjoyed a comeback in the recent past. (Adele’s spike in popularity might have something to do with this one.) Because these names are farther along in their lifecycle, they offer some insight into what the next few years will look like for Adele.

Based on this method, here are a few predictions: Noah’s best days are behind him. We predict that 2013 was the most popular year the Biblical name will have in many years to come. Emma is very likely to be the top girl’s name of 2014. And keep your eyes out for Harrison and Emmett. Meanwhile, Sophia’s best days just might be behind her.

How it works

One can test a model like this by making predictions based on data from earlier years and seeing how those predictions compare to the actual results. Below is an image of how this method predicts the growth and decline of Madison, which peaked in 2001, based only on data about the name’s growth through 1990. By comparing Madison‘s early behavior to similar names (graphed here in gray), the model was able to produce a prediction (dashed line) that closely following the actual data (solid) over the next decade.

TIME

This model does not have the statistical rigor of a formal experiment, but it does produce surprisingly accurate results when tested against historical data. Others who have looked at baby names in detail have also found that first sound of in a name — the “K” sound in Katie andChristina or the “M” in Mary and Michaelalso rises and falls in popularity.

The source code for this project is available on Time’s GitHub page.

The Average Income For Every Neighborhood In America

I was an Econ major in college, so this stuff fascinates me. If you like demographics AND infographics, check this out from DesignCo:

The Average Income For Every Neighborhood In America

The Average Income For Every Neighborhood In America

SEE WHERE THE MONEY LIVES–AND WHERE IT DOESN’T–IN YOUR CITY.

No matter where you live, you probably already have some sort of mental map of where the money resides in your city. It’s one of those data sets you subconsciously start collecting the moment you move somewhere. At first, it’s something you sense in only the broadest geographic terms–understanding that the north side of the city is generally poorer than the rest of it, say–but with time and experience, the map becomes more refined, filled in on the level of neighborhood and street. How well do these perceptions of income line up with reality? That’s what this website shows us.

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks is an interactive map showing the average income for every neighborhood in America. Type in your address, press search, and there you have it: Your city, shaded by income, according to data from an annual survey conducted by the Census Bureau. The greenest blocks–Census blocks, that is, not city blocks–signify the richest areas, typically bringing in an average household income of $100,000 or more a year. The reddest blocks are the poorest, with annual income somewhere around $20,000. All the rest get some shade of red or green, depending where they fall.

The map was created by Christopher Persaud, a data reporter for a bank website, and on one level, it illustrates a wholly unsurprising trend: In general, inner cities are poorer than the suburbs that surround them. But zoom in a bit closer and things get more interesting. Each city, shaped and reshaped by countless forces over the decades, looks a bit different. This map won’t reveal those stories to you, but it will give you a sense of where they’ve left us today.

In Birmingham, where I currently live, a large Appalachian foothill has long served as a barrier between the poorer downtown areas and the rich suburbs found “over the mountain.” That separation can be seen here, though the mountain cannot. In bigger, more dynamic cities, the very rich and the very poor live as neighbors even without the geological curtain. Persaud points out that median income drops roughly $80,000 in the 10 blocks separating East 86th Street to East 96th Street in New York City.

These sorts of dramatic juxtapositions in wealth jump out right away. The map becomes a bit more difficult to read when you’re looking at areas where the disparity isn’t quite as drastic (which is supposed to be wealthier, pea green or puke green?) Still, the data on display here is fascinating on a number of levels, and poring over it in this form can be an unexpectedly eye-opening experience. You’d think that reducing so many lives in so many places to a handful of shades of green and red would be the most impersonal way to get the point across, but the satellite-eye of Google Maps offers us a new perspective on the matter. In real life, the bad part of town could be a half-mile away. Seen here, it’s right next door.

Check out Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks for yourself here.

25 Things You Wouldn’t Believe About These Countries

Interesting bits of trivia from around the world! Thanks Mary! Details from List25:

Depending upon your definition, and whether or not you count Taiwan, there are “approximately” 196 countries in the world as of this writing. So while you may consider yourself to be a knowledgeable global citizen, and we’re sure you are, given the dynamic and complex nature of our planet there are certain to be at least a couple facts on this list that you will find surprising. Here are 25 things that you wouldn’t believe about these countries.

25 Covers the most time zones – France

France

If you count everything, including overseas territories, then France claims the title by covering 12 time zones. The United States would be the runner-up with 11 and then Russia with 9.

24 Most likely to disappear beneath the waves – Maldives

Maldives

With all the talks of global warming and rising sea levels, it is the residents of the Maldives that have the greatest reason to fear. With an average height of around 1.8 meters above sea level their nation is the lowest on Earth.

23 Most overweight population – Nauru

NauruWith over 95% of its population being overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the fattest country on Earth. Its obesity epidemic is primarily attributed to the importation of western fast food that coincided with an increased standard of living in the 20th century due to the global popularity of its phosphate exports. It’s almost non sequitur…almost.

22 Roads made of coral – Guam

Guamphoto – theworldgeography.com

Because Guam doesn’t have any natural sand, but rather coral, the island nation makes its asphalt using a mix of ground coral and oil rather than importing sand from abroad.

21 Has 350 sheep for every person – Falkand Islands (UK)

Falkland Islands

With only about 3,000 people the Falkland Islands are home to approximately half-a million-sheep. Not surprisingly wool is a major export.

20 Oldest sovereign state – Egypt

Egypt

This largely depends upon your definition of a sovereign state but if you are going by first acquisition of sovereignty then Egypt would be the first country in the world to achieve sovereignty based upon the formation of the first dynasty in 3100 BC.

19 Most lakes in the world – Canada

Canada

With over 3 million lakes 9% of Canadian territory is actually fresh water and over 60% of all the lakes in the world are found within its borders.

18 Least likely place to meet your neighbor – Mongolia

Mongoliaphoto – theatlantic.com

At 4 people per square mile Mongolia is the least densely populated country on Earth. Compare this to the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong that has the highest population density in the world with 340,000 people per square mile.

17 Largest number of tanks – Russia

Russian tanks

It is a strange title to hold, but Russia has by far the most tanks of any army in the world (21,000). Unfortunately for the motherland most of these outdated machines are tributes to its past, and although outnumbered (16,000), the United States has a much more advanced tank inventory.

16 The land of no rivers – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabiaphoto – americanbedu.com

Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? For a country as big as Saudi Arabia there has to be at least some sort of flowing water. Well, there isn’t. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization plants or underground reservoirs.

15 Youngest population of any country – Niger

Niger

Generally the worlds youngest country is determined by calculating the portion of the population that is younger than 15. Presently it is Niger that holds this distinction with roughly half of its population having barely reached puberty (49%).

14 Most diverse country in the world – India

India

In almost every category – culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously India is either the most diverse countries in the world, or the runner-up.

13 Fastest disappearing nation – Ukraine

Ukraine

With a natural decrease in population of .8% annually, between now and 2050 Ukraine is expected to lose around 30% of its people.

12 Most of its citizens live abroad – Malta

Malta

After some rough economic times coupled with an increased birth rate, Malta experienced significant immigration. It was so significant that there are now more Maltese living abroad than within the country itself.

11 Smaller than Central Park in New York City – Monaco

Monaco

Although Vatican City is smaller (.17 sq mi) than Monaco (.8 sq mi), unlike Monaco it doesn’t have any permanent residents which leaves Monaco as the smallest permanently inhabited nation in the world…smaller than Central Park.

10 Almost entirely covered in jungle – Suriname

Suriname

With 91% of its land covered in jungle Suriname’s half-a-million residents live primarily along the coast near the capital. Only 5% of the population (mainly indigenous people) live inland.

9 Almost entirely treeless – Haiti

Haiti

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Haiti, a country that has been so badly deforested that you can tell where it borders the Dominican Republic by looking at a satellite image (Haiti is on the left in the photo above).

8 Largest country with no farms – Singapore

Singaporephoto – nationalgeographic.com

Although there are a number of small nations in the world that show no hint of having an agriculture based economy, (take Vatican City for example) Singapore is the largest of these urban city-states.

7 Most languages spoken – Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guineaphoto – nationalgeographic.com

Although English is its official language, only 1-2% of the population actually speak it. As the most linguistically diverse country in the world, over 820 languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea or 12% of the world’s total.

6 Most educated people – Canada

Canadian university

With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.

5 The “country desert” – Libya

Libya

With 99% of the country covered in desert Libya is one of the most arid places in the world and in some regions decades may go by without a single drop of rain.

4 Least peaceful nation in the world – Somalia

Somaliaphoto – latimes.com

Although for the last three years Iraq has been ranked as the least peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index Somalia overtook it this year for the top spot.

3 Produces most of the world’s oxygen – Russia

Siberian forest

Siberia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of CO2 into breathable compounds.

2 World’s largest opium producer – Afghanistan

poppies in Afghanistanphoto – wikimedia

Producing a whopping 95 percent of the world’s opium, not even 10 years of occupation by American forces have slowed down the industry.

1 Most people behind bars – United States

American prison

When it comes to incarcerating its population, the United States is the world’s uncontested leader. With 2.2 million people behind bars it has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s incarcerated population. China comes in second place at 1.5 million and Russia comes third at 870,000.

America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes

It is always fun to window shop zip codes! Any of these near you?

Homes In The 50 Most Expensive Zip Codes

 (click picture above for more photos)

From Forbes:

In the Long Island ZIP code 11962, better known as Sagaponack, N.Y., the most expensive property currently for sale is listed at $30 million. That’s for a partially developed 3.8-acre lot of prime beachfront land with a six-bedroom house, a quaint cottage and “room for tennis and pool,” according to the Corcoran Group listing. The property also comes with billionaire neighbors like industrialist Ira Rennert, whose massive Fair Field estate is assessed at $200 million, and hedge fund boss David Tepper, who recently tore down his $43.5 million house to build a bigger one.

The thick concentration of some of America’s richest people helped make the swanky Hamptons village  the third most expensive ZIP code in the country for home sales this year, with a median asking price of $3,595,000.  It comes in behind two zip codes that regularly grace the top spots of our list: Alpine, N.J., 07620, at No. 1, and Atherton, Calif., 94027, at No. 2.

Alpine is an exclusive New York City suburb where the median home price is $4,295,000, street addresses are regularly scrambled on Google and the residents include celebrities like Stevie Wonder and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.  In Atherton, a tony town in the San Francisco Bay area, $ 4,295,000 is the median home price thanks to tech billionaires like Eric Schmidt and Meg Whitman.

We compiled our list with the help of Altos Research, a Mountainview, Calif.-based company that tracks housing data in real time. It pulled pricing information for more than 20,000 ZIP codes across the U.S. for June 2 to Sept. 2, zeroing in on the 500 most expensive. Altos calculated the median asking price for both single-family homes and condominiums, weighting the price based on the mix of local property types.  We did not include co-ops. Altos limited the search to ZIP codes where 20 or more residences were listed for sale, including short sales and bank-owned foreclosures on the market.  To smooth out any wrinkles caused by a week’s unusual activity (like, say, an expensive home coming to market in an area where luxury properties are rare), Altos used a rolling average for the 90-day period.

Since our list is based on asking prices rather than tax assessments, it may be unfair to assume that our list is completely representative of the communities featured  — for example, there could be pockets of long-time residents in modest homes in areas that have become swankier in recent years. Rather, our list is a snapshot of each market’s current activity. “We look at listing prices because, if you were to go into one of these markets with the intention of buying a home, this is what you would see in the market,” says Michael Simonsen, chief executive of Altos Research. In some cases a ZIP may appear more than once on our list.  This happens when two or more towns share the same ZIP code.

Median home prices in the 500 ZIP codes we considered are down 2% overall from our 2010 list, which is the mildest depreciation in years. In 2010 prices were off 5% year-over year and in 2009, 7%.  Inventory levels have remained about the same since 2009, but real estate appraisers like Jonathan Miller, chief executive of New York’s  Miller Samuel , say there’s been an uptick in listings in the luxury end of major U.S. markets this year.  “It’s not that we’re seeing prices rise, it’s that we’re seeing more activity,” Miller told Forbes recently.

California dominates our list this year. The Silicon Valley property market continues to benefit from a burgeoning tech industry that’s increased housing demand. In addition to Atherton, Northern California ZIPs that rank highly include Hillsborough 94010 (No. 4); Los Altos Hills (No. 18) and Los Altos (No. 24), which share the ZIP code 94022; Woodside 94062 (No. 31); and Palo Alto 94301 (No. 36).

The celebrity-studded Los Angeles-area figures highly on our list as well. A bevy of $50 million and higher homes landed Beverly Hills 90210 in the fifth spot, Malibu 90265 12th, and the Bel Air section of Los Angeles 90077 19th.David Kramer, a Hilton & Hyland agent specializing in Beverly Hills and Bel Air properties who represented Petra Ecclestone in her purchase of the $85 million Spelling Manor, says he is seeing more $10 million and higher sales this year than he did during the heights of the market in 2005-06. The listing prices in these ZIP codes reflect that, pushing their rankings up from last year.

The tony ski towns of Colorado are also showing strength.  Despite condo prices that start as low as $105,000, Aspen’s ritziest ZIP code, 81611 (No. 20), Snowmass 81654 (No. 13) and Snowmass Village 81615 (No. 59) rank highly thanks to a bevy of estates listed for between $20 million and $40 million.  And Telluride 81435 debuts on our list at No. 28 thanks to posh pads and ranches belonging to the likes of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and former Goldman Sachs CEO and New Jersey governor Jon Corzine.

Simonsen says that after the bubble burst, asking prices didn’t fall much in these posh Colorado ZIPs but days on the market increased, with homes languishing for an average of about a year before being sold.

A surprise on this year’s list is New York City. Manhattan ZIP codes have long featured on our annual list, but this year the wealthy Upper East Side, Upper West Side and West Village were surpassed by two trendy downtown neighborhoods: SoHo 10012 at No. 6, followed by TriBeCa 10013 at No. 7.

The SoHo and TriBeCa housing markets don’t have as much inventory as some other areas of Manhattan, says Gary Malin, president of the New York City-based realty firm Citi Habitats. “They are always highly sought after because of the wide-open loft spaces with high ceilings … and because there’s not a tremendous density of housing there and always a lot of demand, you’re able to get significant prices.” He notes it’s a very similar dynamic in the West Village 10014, which ranked 35th. The ZIP codes of Lower Manhattan, a neighborhood transformed since the destruction of the World Trade Center, debut in the top 500 this year as well thanks to new luxury condos that peddle outrageous amenities.

For complete coverage of the 500 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in America, click here.

1 07620, Alpine, NJ 4,550,000 19.3 244 59 53.0
2 94027, Atherton, CA 4,295,000 7.1 162 41 20.0
3 11962, Sagaponack, NY 3,595,000 237 126 30.0
4 94010, Hillsborough, CA 3,499,000 18.7 156 71 43.9
5 90210, Beverly Hills, CA 3,469,891 -5.8 193 275 55.0
6 10012, New York, NY 3,392,574 5.3 276 102 25.0
7 10013, New York, NY 3,317,962 7.0 333 298 45.0
8 11976, Water Mill, NY 3,300,000 9.8 344 223 58.5
9 93108, Montecito, CA 3,099,348 -1.7 232 207 29.5
10 11568, Old Westbury, NY 3,095,000 -0.5 248 123 10.8
11 10023, New York, NY 3,078,462 53.0 310 568 28.8
12 90265, Malibu, CA 3,054,859 11.9 229 409 75.0
13 81654, Snowmass, CO 2,995,000 51.3 328 51 20.0
14 92067, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 2,949,000 -3.5 248 246 23.9
15 92661, Newport Beach, CA 2,947,000 -3.0 271 54 27.9
16 06831, Greenwich, CT 2,942,959 13.4 261 258 45.0
17 92091, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 2,810,000 51.5 216 38 16.5
18 94022, Los Altos Hills, CA 2,797,000 -8.3 189 34 19.5
19 90077, Los Angeles, CA 2,649,000 12.9 165 109 125.0
20 81611, Aspen, CO 2,647,239 2.3 293 598 38.0
21 07976, New Vernon, NJ 2,572,500 19.5 222 40 8.0
22 92657, Newport Coast, CA 2,536,492 8.2 183 176 37.0
23 95030, Monte Sereno, CA 2,522,500 53.1 242 26 5.6
24 94022, Los Altos, CA 2,522,000 -17.3 104 22 19.5
25 07931, Far Hills, NJ 2,497,000 20.8 175 22 15.5
26 93920, Big Sur, CA 2,495,000 351 24 10.0
27 11765, Mill Neck, NY 2,399,000 -15.4 318 29 15.5
28 81435, Telluride, CO 2,395,000 385 212 23.9
29 11975, Wainscott, NY 2,388,000 13.9 345 75 38.0
30 90402, Santa Monica, CA 2,307,300 -1.3 155 68 10.9
31 94062, Woodside, CA 2,300,000 3.2 157 57 47.5
32 06830, Greenwich, CT 2,268,435 0.4 280 350 21.0
33 91302, Hidden Hills, CA 2,260,652 -26.0 189 66 13.0
34 21056, Gibson Island, MD 2,255,000 -18.5 398 22 3.3
35 10014, New York, NY 2,252,885 -40.5 332 86 17.5
36 94301, Palo Alto, CA 2,199,950 27.1 85 21 6.2
37 80113, Cherry Hills Village, CO 2,195,000 133 87 14.9
37 11930, Amagansett, NY 2,195,000 3.4 342 210 14.3
39 94028, Portola Valley, CA 2,176,500 -13.3 147 32 20.0
40 95030, Los Gatos, CA 2,169,950 -5.4 148 67 20.0
41 10007, New York, NY 2,129,654 -0.8 437 86 28.0
42 94920, Tiburon/Belvedere, CA 2,119,816 -35.4 178 93 22.3
43 33109, Fisher Island, FL 2,093,517 -8.8 438 221 30.0
44 90274, Rolling Hills, CA 2,040,619 -47.5 145 54 13.0
45 10003, New York, NY 2,008,462 -28.9 307 166 22.9
46 98039, Medina, WA 1,988,000 -8.4 265 43 11.3
47 95070, Saratoga, CA 1,925,000 16.5 146 139 17.5
48 92625, Corona Del Mar, CA 1,905,715 -5.5 156 190 23.7
49 94904, Kentfield, CA 1,900,000 -0.6 120 25 8.8
50 11024, Great Neck, NY 1,899,000 40.8 178 65 12.0
51 94024, Los Altos, CA 1,895,000 -36.3 119 43 5.5
51 10577, Purchase, NY 1,895,000 -11.0 226 55 9.0
53 11959, Quogue, NY 1,875,000 265 160 18.8
53 93953, Pebble Beach, CA 1,875,000 -18.8 273 133 30.0
55 10001, New York, NY 1,859,885 26.9 366 68 8.9
56 92662, Newport Beach, CA 1,825,000 -28.9 144 33 6.0
57 90272, Pacific Palisades, CA 1,819,665 -14.7 160 191 19.0
58 10580, Rye, NY 1,799,000 8.4 186 105 12.5
59 81615, Snowmass Village, CO 1,773,523 8.1 304 276 29.5
60 90266, Manhattan Beach, CA 1,756,738 7.0 125 162 24.9
61 06878, Riverside, CT 1,750,000 6.3 207 65 14.5
62 02493, Weston, MA 1,745,900 11.6 173 111 18.8
63 07078, Short Hills, NJ 1,745,000 6.2 150 73 9.0
64 92651, Laguna Beach, CA 1,724,264 -12.5 214 398 24.0
65 11771, Oyster Bay, NY 1,711,710 32.3 200 224 12.5
66 06870, Old Greenwich, CT 1,699,555 18.2 265 81 10.5
67 93921, Carmel/Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 1,698,250 20.2 173 74 19.2
68 02807, Block Island, RI 1,680,000 26.2 165 38 24.0
69 32461, Rosemary Beach, FL 1,679,000 50.6 352 71 7.0
70 10024, New York, NY 1,672,500 -32.7 339 112 37.5
71 11545, Glen Head, NY 1,672,000 -22.4 190 146 11.3
72 92014, Del Mar, CA 1,660,584 2.7 202 176 26.5
73 85253, Paradise Valley, AZ 1,659,569 -1.0 283 272 22.0
74 10011, New York, NY 1,637,424 -22.4 316 387 39.5
75 07632, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1,624,500 21.8 171 82 4.0
76 10021, New York, NY 1,623,962 -39.2 434 340 50.0
77 81657, Vail, CO 1,615,516 10.4 301 330 22.0
78 10075, New York, NY 1,613,413 7.7 327 118 90.0
79 06880, Westport, CT 1,610,083 1.6 188 362 25.0
80 91108, San Marino, CA 1,603,000 -15.3 132 58 7.5
81 08738, Mantoloking, NJ 1,599,000 -2.1 216 87 16.0
82 94506, Blackhawk, CA 1,597,000 -0.5 164 36 10.5
83 06820, Darien, CT 1,587,000 -0.5 182 208 12.8
84 06840, New Canaan, CT 1,572,804 -16.1 157 534 13.9
85 22102, Mc Lean, VA 1,563,585 159 144 9.2
86 60043, Kenilworth, IL 1,550,000 -21.9 267 35 6.5
87 93066, Somis, CA 1,549,000 -0.8 268 26 3.5
88 29482, Sullivans Island, SC 1,540,000 -9.0 312 59 2.9
89 94970, Stinson Beach, CA 1,510,000 -15.7 277 26 3.7
90 96754, Kilauea, HI 1,500,000 7.8 251 67 14.0
91 07458, Saddle River, NJ 1,499,450 -10.5 174 204 13.0
92 80121, Greenwood Village, CO 1,495,000 133 53 7.0
93 10019, New York, NY 1,493,038 8.3 370 622 60.0
94 94574, Saint Helena, CA 1,492,800 10.2 216 96 24.0
95 10504, Armonk, NY 1,475,000 6.7 233 73 13.0
96 92037, La Jolla, CA 1,473,144 -12.2 170 500 33.0
97 21662, Royal Oak, MD 1,467,000 -4.9 253 25 6.8
98 90274, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 1,461,097 -23.8 152 124 10.5
99 10069, New York, NY 1,461,038 -34.6 528 192 16.9
100 07924, Bernardsville, NJ 1,459,500 180 94 14.8

Ever Wonder What This Symbol on Your Camera Means?

This might seem trivial and you may already know this, but I still thought this was cool (and I didn’t know it before!) – that little funny symbol – always there – always staring back at you…..

So now you know – from PetaPixel:

Ever Wonder What This Symbol on Your Camera Means?

Take a look at your camera, and there’s a good chance it’ll have this symbol: Φ — a small circle bisected by a long line that looks like a hieroglyph of Saturn. If you’ve always wondered what it means, today’s your lucky day: it’s called a “film plane mark” (or “focal plane mark”, depending on who you ask), and indicates exactly where the film (or sensor) plane is inside the camera body. One reason the mark is useful is that macro photographers often want to determine the exact distance between their subject and the film plane, and the mark can make this calculation much easier.

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