“Well that escalated quickly.”

This is the trend line from Google Trends for “Well that escalated quickly.” I know there’s a perfectly good reason for the sudden rise, but I prefer not to know. [via @HPS_Vanessa]

The same goes for this one for Mount Everest:

Mount Everest

[Thanks, @PabloMartinezAlmeida]

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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.

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.

Graphical perception – learn the fundamentals first

Before you dive into the advanced stuff – like just about everything in your life – you have to learn the fundamentals before you know when you can break the rules.

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.