“Well that escalated quickly.”

Apr 22, 2016

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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The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but …

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.

Life expectancy changes

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

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.