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Dropping movie ratings from the past six decades

Dorothy Gambrell of very small array charts median Tomatometer ratings of the top 10 grossing films, since 1950. From the graph it looks like movies…

Visual evidence that movies are getting worse

Moki takes a page out of the OkCupid social media playbook and analyzes movie ratings over the past two decades. They looked at the 20…

America is not the best at everything

Charles M. Blow has a look at some metrics for the International Monetary Fund's "Advanced economy" countries. As Americans, we like to think that we're…

The Grammy winning sales bump

A Grammy win is worth way more than a little trophy and some short-lived fame. It's worth actual cash. As shown in this graphic by…

Exploratory treemap for Obama’s 2012 budget proposal

It's that time of year again. Obama recently released his 2012 budget proposal for how to allocate $3.7 trillion. It's complicated no doubt, but Shan…

Gamers mimic the real life football season

As you might expect, people who play sports video games tend to play with teams when those teams are winning in real life. Anyone who…

Watch the world get fatter over the past three decades

People are getting fatter everywhere. You know this. But there's nothing like the numbers to actually show how we're growing outwards and by how much.…

Price and adoption timeline of gadgets

New gadgets, from Web-connected TVs, to smartphones, to Fax machines, always seem to start expensive and then decrease in price a few months later. We…

Delicious mass exodus

On news that Delicious is on Yahoo's sunset list, thousands of people decided it was time to take a look at simplified competitor Pinboard. The…

Facebook status updates: young people are self-centered and old ramble

The Facebook Data Team had a quantitative look at status updates by age and content: The chart on left confirms the typical stereotypes about younger…

Worst and best commutes in America

I grew up in a relatively small city where it took no more than fifteen minutes to get where I needed to go. When I…

How Twitter users balanced the budget

In a follow-up to their puzzle to balance the budget, The New York Times shows the top selections that about seven thousand Twitter users made.…

Comparison of Republican and Democratic tax plans

Lori Montgomery of the The Washington Post reports on the difference between the Democratic and Republican tax plans. The Republicans' plan to extend the Bush…

What New Yorkers complain about

Wired, in collaboration with Pitch Interactive, has a look at complaints called in over the 311 line in New York. The above is a sample…

When people break up, according to Facebook updates

For his book The Visual Miscellaneum, David McCandless, along with Lee Byron, had a look at breakups on Facebook, according to status updates. They looked…

Past century of government and economy

John Palmer has a look at the past 100 years of government and economic indicators: This historical perspective visualizes economic trends and spending patterns, during…

Issues Americans care about

Every year the Pew Research Center asks Americans what their top political priority is for the year. It should come as no surprise that the…

Visualizing NFL statistics

Sports statistics. Always so many tables. Juice Analytics takes a more visual approach with their interactive: Our NFL stats "spike chart" is an easy way…

Average age of Congress over time

I don't know about you, but I tend to associate Congress with an older generation. Just how hold are the folks who make up the…

Challenge: Advertised vs. actual waistline

Ever notice how pants seem to fit differently from store-to-store even though they're labeled as the same size? Why does the 36-inch at Old Navy…

Exploratory tool for school admissions

With thousands of applications, it can be tough deciding who to admit in to your program. The aptly named Admitulator, by Golan Levin, helps faculty…

Music listening preferences by gender

Last.fm intern Joachim Van Herwegen has a quick look at listening habits by age and gender: The sizes of the artists' names indicate how popular…