List of Physical Visualizations
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2009 – Federal Budget Explained with 10,000 Pennies


Political Math (formerly called 10000Pennies on the Youtube channel) is a blogger who criticizes the US policy using stats and low-tech physical visualizations. His first 2009 video titled "Obama Budget Cuts Visualization" (left image) got 1.7 million views. Coins, but also bills, water or whisky stand for units of money or jobs. A video often ends with a dramatic action where the blogger cuts a penny in two, overturns a gallon container, spills hundreds of coins from a table, freezes water, or drinks a shot of whisky.


  1. Political Math's Videos.
  2. Political Math Blog.

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic. Category: Passive physical visualization  Tags: budget, employment, politics, storytelling