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Map Shows What Every Country Leads The World In

David Tobia |
October 21, 2013 | 2:48 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

DogHouse Diaries has compiled a pretty awesome map showing what each country leads the world in. The map points out both positives and negatives, providing data to show America has plenty of smart people earning the status of Nobel Laureate, but also plenty of not-so-smart people getting killed by runaway lawnmowers. 

(Click here for a large, zoomable map)











We put together some of the highlights from the map:

1. Yams play a crucial role in "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. This is no coincidence as Nigeria, where the novel takes place, produces more Yams than any other nation. Other fruit and vegetable leaders? Turkey dominates the apricot game and Russia is real good with raspberries. The map can neither confirm nor deny that Kazakhstan is the number one exporter of potassium, although it does have lots of Uranium, which is not a fruit, but may be a vegetable because it has no seeds.

2. Speaking of Borat and his national anthem, it's not factual that "all other countries are run by little girls," but if you like women in government you should check out Rwanda, where females make up 64 percent of the Parliament, the highest percentage in the world. 

Who runs Rwanda? Girls!
Who runs Rwanda? Girls!









3. China does well to contradict itself by leading the world in both CO2 emissions and renewable energy.

4. In a suprising upset, Myanmar leads the world in speaking Burmese. This is a pretty big shocker considering Myanmar is Burma

5. While Burma has a stronghold on speaking its own language, Brazil has lost its claim to its own nuts. Bolivia produces the most Brazil nuts. There's also a pretty cool story behind Bolivia's dominance, so if you're interested in South American nut economics you should read this from the New York Times.

Check out the map for yourself to find which countries lead the world in things like Pygmy Chimpanzees, drinking coffee and not killing themselves. And here's a regular map of the world so the geographically challenged can cross-reference. 

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