xkcd: Calendar of meaningful dates

Nov 27, 2012

Using the Google ngrams corpus, xkcd sized the days of the year based on usage volume. Lots of firsts of the month and September 11th.

2 Comments

  • I’m a fan of XKCD’s “sketchy” graphics (and his interesting data collection using systematic searches), but in this case particularly I think it would be better as clean typeface. I want to see some of the subtle distinctions, but I have trouble making comparisons because of the sketchiness of the font.

  • I wonder what this would look like in other languages. Certainly April 15th (for example) gets a boost because it is tax day in the U.S, but I imagine that the 1st is referenced relatively evenly across languages,

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