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Bettings lines for becoming the next pope

Who's going to be the next pope? I know all of you are sitting on the edge of your seats. Luckily, an analytical research manager who goes by the name…

State of the Union address decreasing reading level

With the State of the Union address tonight, The Guardian plotted the Flesh-Kincaid grade levels for past addresses. Each circle represents a state of the union and is sized by…

Super Bowl ad costs vs. company profit during game

Ritchie King for Quartz compared money spent on Super Bowl ads — now about $3.75 million for a 30-second spot — to how much the companies make on average in…

Baseball Hall of Fame voting trajectories

Carlos Scheidegger and Kenny Shirley, along with Chris Volinsky, visualized Major League Baseball Hall of Fame voting, from the first class in 1936 (which included Babe Ruth) up to present.…

Character mentions in Les Miserables

Jeff Clark took a detailed look at Victor Hugo's Les Miserables via character mentions, word connections, and word usage. The above is character mentions with color showing sentiment. Red means…

Five years of traffic fatalities

I made a graphic a while back that showed traffic fatalities over a year. John Nelson extended on that, pulling five years of data and subsetting by some factors: alcohol,…

Longer life expectancy, more years of disease

Bonnie Berkowitz, Emily Chow and Todd Lindeman for the Washington Post plotted life expectancy against percentage of healthy years. Although life expectancy is increasing, the percentage of years living without…

Get a visual recap of your year on Twitter

As 2013 nears, let the recaps, reviews, and best ofs begin. Twitter put up their 2012 year in review of top tweets, trends, and such, which is mostly pictures and…

How tax rates have changed

Mike Bostock, Matthew Ericson and Robert Gebeloff for the New York Times explored changing tax rates from 1980 to 2010, for various income levels. Most Americans paid less in taxes…

Mitt Romney losing likes on Facebook, in real-time

If you go to the Facebook page for Mitt Romney, note the number of likes, wait a few seconds, and then refresh the page. The number of likes is decreasing…

History of film, 100 years in a chart

In something of an homage to the Genealogy of Pop & Rock Music by Reebee Garofalo, designer Larry Gormley visualized 100 years of film. This graphic chronicles the history of…

Lord of the Rings visualized

Driven by his love for Lord of the Rings, Emil Johansson explores the many facets of the world in charts and graphs. For example, the above chart is the declining…

Presidential campaign finance explorer

Hey, I think it's election season, and you know what that means. It's time to dig into campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission. The Washington Post gives you…

Color names plotted against gender

A couple of years ago, xkcd ran a survey that asked people to name colors. Stephen Von Worley plotted that data by gender in an interactive. That's a dot for…

Animated political contributions

The Forest of Advocacy is a series of animations that explores the political contribution patterns among eight organizations, such as Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Harvard Business School. These visualizations…

History of tax breaks

Kat Downs, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish of The Washington Post look at the tax breaks from the 1970s to 2011 in an interactive. The U.S. government gives away more…

Wikipedia is dominated by male editors

After he saw a New York Times article on the gender gap among Wikipedia contributors (The contributor base is only 13 percent women), Santiago Ortiz plotted articles by number of…

Who pays for healthcare, 1960 to 2010

Josh Cothran looked at who's paid for healthcare over the past five decades, with an animated Marimekko chart. In 1960, almost 100% of the spending on prescription drugs came out…

Twitter Political Index measures feelings towards candidates

In partnership with social analytics service Topsy, Twitter launched a Political Index that measures sentiment towards Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Each day, the Index evaluates and weighs the sentiment…

Comparing Romney’s tax returns to presidential returns

Lee Drutman, a Senior Fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, compared the tax returns of previous presidents against that of Mitt Romney. This scatter plot highlights two things: First, the two…

Tracking the spread of AIDS

Adam Cole and Nelson Hsu for NPR plotted the percentage of people, ages 15 to 49, living with HIV from 1990 to 2009. By 1990, the world had a pandemic…

Olympian age distributions compared

Last week, the Washington Post compared the ages of Olympians, but it only focused on range, so you couldn't see the variation in between. For example, Dara Torres was 41…