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Unintentional Venn diagram suggests opposite meaning

Most people probably wouldn't think much about this poster that shows the values of Thomson Reuters. But when you think of the graphic as a…

Geography.

By way of David Kennerr, something in this CNN frame seems off.…

Newborn false positives

Shutterfly sent promotional emails that congratulate new parents and encourage them to send thank you cards. The problem: a lot of people on that list…

Fox News bar chart gets it wrong

Because Fox News. See also this, this, and this. [Thanks, Meron]…

This pie chart is amazing.

From the Winnipeg Sun. Something isn't right here. [via]…

Incredibly divided nation in a map

I knew things were bad, but I didn't know they were this bad. Obama has his work cut out for him. [Thanks, @adamsinger]…

Fox News continues charting excellence

Fox News tried to show the change in the top tax rate if the Bush tax cuts expire, so they showed the rate now and…

Mitt Romney pseudo-venn diagram, used incorrectly

The Mitt Romney campaign put this venn diagram up a few days ago, aiming to show the "promise gap." On the left is an Obama…

Why are so many men pregnant?

Garbage in, garbage out the old adage goes. Nigel Hawkes, Director of Straight Statistics, describes a sort of statistical whistleblowing letter to the British…

New iPad battery size is huge

From Gizmodo, this shows battery size in the new iPad versus that of the iPad 2. The battery in the former is 70 percent bigger…

Fox News still makes awesome charts

Charts and graphs are great, because they can let you see a pattern that you might not see in a spreadsheet, but they only work…

Open thread: Can you spot the wrongness in this tax graph?

The argument behind this graph in The Wall Street Journal is that the middle class has most of the money and ties into a larger…

Open thread: Charts during the State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address yesterday, and this year it was "enhanced" by charts and graphs. Basically, as Obama spoke,…

Right versus wrong bubble size

I was going to post this graphic from Good when it came out, but decided not to. I made the same mistake when I first…

Harvard scientist found guilty of misconduct

Shady research from Harvard scientist Marc Hauser is confirmed: On Friday, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Harvard faculty of arts and sciences, issued a…

Wait. Something isn’t right here…

No clue where this is from, but something seems sort of off, no? I guess we should take the title literally. By the numbers... only. I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt though, and assume this was just an honest mistake. Here's my guess about what happened.

Fox News Makes the Best Pie Chart. Ever.

What? I don't see anything wrong with it. Alright, alright, so it's local news, but still, come on. I wonder if the newscaster even bats…

What’s Wrong With this Graphic on the Future of Information?

This graphic on the history and future of information has been making the rounds. Several people sent it to me a while back, but it…

What’s Wrong With this Financial Bubble Chart?

If there's anything good that has come out of America's financial crisis, it's the interesting and high-quality infographics. This isn't one of them. Below is…

Fail: Area Circles on Wall Street

I know next to nothing about the economy, stocks, and investments, but I do know a little bit about charts and graphs. The above area…

Atheist Statistics For 2008 – Do You Believe These?

This video shows statistics centered around atheism, claiming that atheism is correlated with a healthy society. I don't want to turn this into a religious…

Bad Statistics Leads to Poor Results and a Questionable Trial Verdict

Oxford mathematician, Peter Donnelly gives a TED talk on the common mistakes we make when interpreting Statistics.