OK, I'll start this off with the disclaimer:..
This is a precision party trick -- rigorous mapping of ridiculous data.
...but it's interesting, nonetheless. A couple of geographers from Kansas State University wrangled up a host of national statistical databases, massaged the numbers and used them to quantify lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride on a county-by-county basis across the U.S.
Sure, the sins tend to be value judgments — i.e., "Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line" — though it's not meant to be a serious scientific study.
Although I would like to know why the folks in Pine and Kanabec Counties are so envious.
This is dazzling. The wonders of statistics, for sure.
massaged the numbers
Tell me about it. Who wouldn't pass up an opportunity to further paint the Bible Belt as the country's hotbed of sin?