That said, you can never take yourself, or humanity, too seriously so I want to plug The Onion's work on their Atlas of the World. It's a very nice implementation of technology and just plain funny. For example, it's description of China:
"With over 700 billion citizens manufactured since 1892, China is the world'sWarning: This is probably to be avoided by those who are easily offended by political incorrectness or who ever worked in the Peace Corps!
largest mass producer of Chinese."