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Girl Scout cookie pie chart

With Girl Scout cookie season around the corner, Wired pies it up with cookies showing percentage of sales. It's all about the Caramel deLites. [Thanks,…

How the deficit got so big

The US continues to rack up more and more debt, with a deficit in the trillions. But how did we get here? Teresa Tritch for…

All the countries that the US owes money to

In May 2011, the United States owned $14.3 trillion in debt. A lot of that is money is owed to other countries. Heather Billings and…

When crime happens in major cities

Does more crime happen during the late hours of the night or in the middle of the afternoon? Trulia Insights uses small multiples to look…

Award-nominated movies vs. highest grossing

Dorothy Gambrell of very small array continues with her fascination of movie quality and money gross. This time around she looks looks at the overlap…

RottenTomatoes trends with Career-o-matic

Slate puts together a rough analysis of RottenTomatoes actor and director career ratings. They plot average ratings for films in general, actors, and directors, which…

Rise and fall of housing prices

Kevin Quealy and Jeremy White report for The New York Times on the rise and fall of housing prices with an interactive time series chart:…

Reactions to the death of a terrorist

On the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, there was a mixed reaction across the country. Some celebrated, whereas others had mixed feelings. Jon Huang…

Tweets per second during Bin Laden announcement

As I listened to my young neighbors run around the parking lot chanting, "U-S-A! U-S-A!" I glanced at my Twitter feed, and it showed a…

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…