On the left is a classic example of the art. Produced in 1885, it depicts Napoleon’s advance on Moscow and subsequent retreat, the battles and distances involved, his rapidly diminishing army and the falling temperatures throughout the campaign.
Even so, sometimes you see things that really blow your socks off.
According to this, I was the 76,011,685,432nd person to be born since history began and the 2,689,957,420th to be alive at that moment. But then I’ve always suspected that I wasn’t unique.
What really hammered home the population message though was the graph that came with the unimaginably large numbers. That’s it below, illustrating that the number of people living on this planet has more than doubled in my lifetime. And it is climbing.
It really makes us seem like a virus infecting the Earth.