I picked this up on Twitter a few moments ago. I really think this is an excellent way to display some of the key changes in the world over the last decade.
By the way, if you like this sort of thing, I am sure you’d love Tim Harford‘s BBC radio show “More or Less”. On 31 December, he did a review of 2010 in numbers. You can listen to it at his site, or download the MP3 file here (13 Mb).