Mental Floss

Pictures of People With Everything They Own

Jill Harness

We always hear about how materialistic Americans are, but how do we compare on a global scale—say, in contrast to a family from Kuwait or China or Mali? That's just what photographer Peter Menzel wanted to explore when he started his Material World project.

Since the 1990s, Menzel has been traveling the globe and analyzing UN and World Bank statistics to find statistically average families. He then asks them to step outside with all of their possessions so he can visually compare the average family from one country to another. The results might not be the most accurate comparison of the wealth of people from any given country, but they're absolutely fascinating to look at. Check it out over at Flavorpill.