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In search of food deserts

Last time I looked at where major grocery stores are across the United States. Where you shop for groceries changes depending on what region you live in, but hunger and…

Doctor timeline for Doctor Who

I have yet to see a full episode of Doctor Who, "the longest-running science fiction television show in the world" but it was apparently really big news that Peter Capaldi…

The Most Trendy Names in US History

Names are incredibly personal things. It's how we identity ourselves. We associate others, places, and points in our past with names. Maybe you recall a family member, a celebrity, or…

Grocery store geography

I've been poking around grocery store locations, courtesy of AggData, the past few days. There's a grocery store just about everywhere you go in the United States, because, well, we…

What the Sexes Want, in Speed Dating

A few years ago I downloaded speed dating data from experiments conducted by Raymond Fisman, et al. (2005), which represents about 8,000 dates by 551 people. On each date, people…

The real A/C repair schedule

My central air conditioner started to suck about a month ago, so I called A/C repair. It took them five appointments, four to assess the problem and one to fix…

What 3-D pie charts are good for

3-D pie charts are never a good idea? Ha. You just got served.…

Why I Want to Quit Cable

There are good reasons to cancel cable, but there were a few channels and programs that kept me on. When you look at it in dollars though, it's hard to justify the value for the cost.

What costs more in 2011?

After seeing this article and graphic on the rising cost of food in The New York Times week in review, I was curious about how prices for other stuff has…

Who spends the most years in retirement?

Early retirement. That's what most people want, unless you're lucky enough to love working. When you have the luxury of retiring early though, why not take advantage? According to OECD…

In land of YouTube dislikes, Justin Bieber rules

Happy Friday, everyone. If you'll allow me, I'd like to take a moment to talk about something serious. In a move I believe is best for everyone (but mostly me),…

Valentine’s Day importance

(This might look a little different for men and women.) Long before any relationship begins, Valentine's Day is just another Hallmark holiday to take your money, but then that special…

States with the most and fewest firearms murders

According to 2009 numbers reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, DC, Louisiana, Alabama, Maryland, and MIssissippi had the highest rates of firearms murders. On the opposite side of the…

Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots and lots and lots. Rest. Then eat more.…

Data Underload #24 – My Candy

One pound for them. Nine pounds for you. Happy Halloween. Watch out for flaming bags of dog poo on your doorstep.…

Do Movie Sequels Live Up to Their Originals?

The third installment of Pixar's Toy Story is making a killing at the box office (rightfully so, because it's Pixar-tastic), but not all trilogies have the same luck. They can't…

Data Underload #21: Exit Strategy

If my wife, the physician, has taught me anything, it's that everything that has to do with the human body has a medical term or classification for it - and…

Data Underload: One Thousand Posts

On June 25, 2007 I published the first FlowingData post. Today, here is the one thousandth. I asked what I should do for this special occasion and pretty much everyone…

Data Underload #19: First Date vs. Reality TV First Date

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Data Underload #18 – Sleep Schedule

According to WebMD, for 1- to 4-week-olds: "Since newborns do not yet have an internal biological clock, or circadian rhythm, their sleep patterns are not related to the daylight and…

Data Underload #17: Famous Movie Quotes, p. 2

Carpe diem. Seize the data, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.…

Data Underload #16 – What’s that smell?

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.…