Couple of weeks ago, I was looking for interesting data sets to play with using R. I came across this post and got inspired to use World Bank data to extract interesting patterns/facts about developing countries. World Bank has 300+ World Development indicators on 200+ countries from 1960 to 2008.
I plotted BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nations against USA. Here are some plots on a few topics...
Economic Policy and External Debt
Science and Technology