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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 the better deal. Planet Money…

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 contracted EDGAR modernization efforts and…

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 and waning, based on how…

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 but wonder who significant the…

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 from 1842 to 1972 [pdf].…

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, so Krist Wongsuphasawat from Twitter…

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 screen and then told the…

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 this year at the evolution…

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 BBS. Those were the good…

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 vouchers unpaid, but the main…

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 weddings over time though? Todd…

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 main result is an estimated…

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, on which he chides fellow…

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. A knee-jerk reaction to this…

Price of Damien Hirst spot paintings

Damien Hirst is an artist known for a number of works, one of those being his large production of spot paintings. There are over a thousand of them painted by…

Central limit theorem animation

The central limit theorem: In probability theory, the central limit theorem (CLT) states that, given certain conditions, the mean of a sufficiently large number of independent random variables, each with…

Ratings of TV shows over time

The quality of television shows follow all kinds of patterns. Some shows stink in the beginning and slowly gain steam, whereas others are great at first and then lost momentum…

A thorough Facebook analysis by Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram analyzed the Facebook world, based on anonymized data from the Wolfram|Alpha Data Donor program. He visits topics from how people friend, how the Facebook world compares to the…

Analysis of baseball ticket pricing

If you've ever looked at ticket prices for sporting events, you probably noticed the disparity in prices of when your team plays a popular team or a rival versus a…

Chartspotting: Coffee graph menu

FlowingData reader Amir sent this along. In lieu of a list of coffee drinks, this place in in East London opted for ingredient breakdowns. I'm guessing there's a standard menu…

Internet Census

Upon discovering hundreds of thousands open embedded devices on the Internet, an anonymous researcher conducted a Census of the Internet, mapping 460 million IP addresses around the world. While playing…