We might be in an age of big data, but people have been trying to convey large numbers for a long time. John F. Ptak takes a quick look through the archives for the size of big things compared to ships. “These units of measurement do seem a little odd, but they really have a capacity to humanize inescapably difficult numbers by putting them in context with a known entity, like Trinity Church.”
Measuring things with ships
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Basketball Stat Cherry Picking
Wow your friends during the game with random win percentages, based on various player stats.
EGOT Winner Timelines
Only 15 people have done it, since you know, it’s not really easy to do. Here’s how and when they did it.
Shifting Causes of Death
The most common causes of death changed over the years. They vary across sex and age group. This animation shows the details of these changes.