Best of FlowingData – April 2011

I can’t believe it’s already May. This year is whizzing by. During these past couple of months, there’s been good progress on the book, and we just passed 50k subscribers. Pretty cool. Thank you for spreading the word about FlowingData, sharing on Twitter and Facebook, etc, and passing interesting links my way. I appreciate it.

In case you’re new or missed them, here are the most popular posts from the last two months.

  1. History of the world in 100 seconds, according to Wikipedia
  2. Are gas prices really that high?
  3. Entire movies compressed into single barcodes
  4. Sorting algorithms demonstrated with Hungarian folk dance
  5. Daily schedule of Benjamin Franklin
  6. Vincent van Gogh paintings as pie charts
  7. Gallons of stuff that cost more than gasoline
  8. Women’s dress sizes demystified
  9. More proportions and cocktails
  10. Who spends the most years in retirement?

Favorites

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile radius of where I live, so I have my pick, …

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.

Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by age.