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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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…