One of the reasons I love reading Jon Udell's blog is that he shares the results of his curiousity. Not only is Jon curious in general, but he's especially curious about data and how your can mundge it to produce information.
The latest example is Jon's look at where Oil comes from--not from where you think probably. The answer, if you live in the US is Canada and Africa. 33% of US oil comes from North America (with Canada being the largest "foreign" supplier) and 20% comes from Africa.
How did Jon find this out? By importing the data into DabbleDB, manipulating it, linking locations to maps, and then publishing it. It took him about 45 minutes. These kind of tools are freely available, but not widely used. Amazing information at our fingertips.