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Alcohol consumption per drinker

We've seen rankings for alcohol consumption per capita around the world. These tend to highlight where people drink and abstain, but what about consumption among…

Views of white Americans

In light of the Donald Sterling brouhaha, Amanda Cox for The Upshot put up some charts for why you shouldn't be surprised that people still…

How people die in America

Matthew Klein for Bloomberg View explored mortality in America through a slidedeck of charts. The animations in between each slide grows tedious, but the topics…

Five decades of warm and cold weather anomalies

This year's polar vortex churned up some global warming skeptics, but as we know, it's more useful to look at trends over significant spans of…

Graph TV shows ratings by episode

Kevin Wu made a straightforward interactive that lets you see IMDB television ratings over time, per episode and by season. Graph TV is a visualization…

Failed Bitcoin market activity

Stamen visualized Bitcoin activity, noting a variety of traders who knew what they were doing, didn't know what they were doing, and were apparently automated.…

An exploration of cultural production

Pantheon, a project from the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab, explores cultural influences across countries and domains. To make our efforts tractable,…

Why you should buy the bigger pizza

Because you get more pizza to eat, and if you don't finish it, you'll have breakfast tomorrow. Other than that fine reason, well, it's geometrically…

A human-readable explorer for SEC filings

Maris Jensen just made SEC filings readable by humans. The motivation: But in the twenty years since, despite hundreds of millions invested in rounds of…

Music timeline of plays and history

Two Google research groups, Big Picture and Music Intelligence, got together and made a music timeline baby. The Music Timeline shows genres of music waxing…

Cherry picking years for random sports statements

When you watch sports, it can sometimes feel like the stat guy pulls random numbers for the talking heads to ponder, and you can't help…

Facial hair trends over time

In 1976, Dwight E. Robinson, an economist at the University of Washington, studied facial hair of the men who appeared in the Illustrated London News…

Happy new year around the world

New Year's is a worldwide event, but as we know, it doesn't happen simultaneously everywhere. Midnight happens in different time zones and in various languages,…

Body maps show where we feel emotion

Engineering and psychology researchers in Finland investigated where we feel and don't feel. The team showed the volunteers two blank silhouettes of person on a…

Evolution of reddit in stacked areas

Computer science PhD student Randy Olson likes to analyze reddit in his spare time. We saw his network of subreddits already, but his look earlier…

Top reddits of all time

For the downtime post-turkey. James Trimble stuck the top 200 reddits of all time into a treemap. Let the time suck begin.…

Spectrogram shows dialup modem handshake sounds

Presented mostly for my fond memories as a grade schooler, with a fresh 2400 bps modem in the 486, who recently discovered something called a…

Furloughed employees during shutdown

Dan Delany took a simple look at furloughed employees due to the government shutdown. There are tickers for duration, estimated unpaid salary, and estimated food…

Crunching the wedding numbers

Weddings are special events where friends and family come together to celebrate, and we encapsulate them in their special day. What if you looked at…

Weather models, a visual comparison

Forecast, one of the best if not the best quick-look weather sites, uses various weather models to predict temperature, wind, humidity, and pressure. Whereas the…

Rappers’ claimed wealth versus actual wealth

Allison McCann for Businessweek graphed rappers' claimed wealth in their songs versus their actual wealth. Fresh off of Jay-Z's new album is the track Versus,…

Visualizing uncertainty still unsolved problem

Vivien Marx in Nature Methods: Data from an experiment may appear rock solid. Upon further examination, the data may morph into something much less firm.…