One of the first contacts we all have with a data visualization, in the early stages of our academic life, is the Periodic Table of Elements. I know, we do graphs and charts way before that, but, really, is there a more universal, and recognizable, data visualization in the world?

And not to mention that it goes way back, more than 200 years of history, which makes it one of the first modern data visualizations, as well. If want to fully understand the history, and evolution of the Periodic Table of Elements, a good place to start is the Wikipedia article.

But what we’ll be showcasing here are some…how should we call it…deviations of the original one.

Because, as you will see, the term “Periodic Table” has gone far beyond the original scientific use…

Periodic Table of World Internet Facts | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

The Periodic Table Of The Social Web | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

The Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table Guide to Google’s APIs | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

You have it for businesses, organizations, sports and several other occupations…

Arsenal’s Periodic table | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Everton F.C. Periodic Table | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Professional Cycling | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

The Periodic Table of Business Cards | Via
33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Storytelling | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Artists | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Typefaces | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

The Periodic Table of Nickelodeon | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Also, covering serious issues…

Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodioc Table of Food | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Dessert | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Disasters | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Terrorist Organizations | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

…and not so serious…

Periodic Table of Smellements
| Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Beer | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

The periodic table of awesoments | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Vulgarity | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Swearing | Source

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

And you even have it for places:

Periodic Table of Hong Kong | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Let’s not forget entertainment!

The Periodic Table of Mad Men | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Sci-Fi Film and Television | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Science Fiction | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table Of Super-Powers | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of The Empire Strikes Back | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Videos [Interactive] | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Controllers | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

Periodic Table of Final Fantasy Characters | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

And, last, but not least…

The Periodic Table of Periodic Tables | Via

33 Curious Uses of Periodic Tables   Great Visualizations or Mendeleevs Worst Nightmare?

I’m pretty sure that you’ll find some other “periodic table extravaganzas” out there. If so, feel free to share them!