Best of FlowingData – May 2010

Another great month of FlowingData. Thanks, everyone for the retweets, likes, stumbles, etc. Every share helps FD reach a wider audience, so I really appreciate it. For the new readers, or in case you missed them, here are the top posts of May, based on a combination of views, comments, and links:

  1. What America spends on food and drink
  2. Dreaming in numbers
  3. The Boom of Big Infographics
  4. Data Underload #21: Exit Strategy
  5. Facebook privacy options untangled
  6. Most influential people on Twitter – Cosmic 140
  7. BP tries to mislead you with graphs
  8. Field guide to fanboys
  9. Evolution of Facebook privacy policies
  10. Marge Simpson is Europe in disguise

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Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

The Most Unisex Names in US History

Moving on from the most trendy names in US history, let’s look at the most unisex ones. Some names have …

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.