A collaboration between the universities of Sheffield and Michigan has produced Worldmapper, a series of world maps where the countries are sized not according to land mass, but according to other measures, such as alcohol consumption or military spending.
It’s very striking to see at a glance how countries compare to the rest of the world. Some maps are paired up, such as Military Spending (the US is the heavyweight) and War Deaths (where the US is a lightweight), or Toy Imports and Toy Exports.
Several of the maps are in the article linked above, or you can visit the Worldmapper site directly.
(Via Daring Fireball)