I’m sure we’ll see the usual TON of olympic graphics in the next few weeks, but I thought this one showing the growth of sports included in the Winter Games was interesting:
There are all kinds of inaccuracies in this, but the major point that we are very very very rich still comes through.
Real time interactive map of who is getting snowed on – particularly useful for skier and snowboarder trip planning. Click on any mountain to see last 24 hour snow totals, 5-day forecast, and the “freshy factor” (likelihood of finding fresh snow).
The below is a pretty fabulous interactive chart of how porn usage is affected by global events:
And how the 2013-14 winter’s Polar Vortex temperatures have affected Porn usage:
I’m snowboarding in Lake Tahoe this weekend and my girlfriend dug up this chart of chairlift injuries and fatalities to inspire me not to break myself.
The nice thing about reddit sourced graphics like this one is that they often include conversations with the author, and revisions to correct mistakes or make improvements.
Plots outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by cheap and effective vaccines. (via)
The Economist has updated their annual Big Mac Index.
…based on the theory of purchasing-power parity (PPP), the notion that in the long run exchange rates should move towards the rate that would equalise the prices of an identical basket of goods and services (in this case, a burger) in any two countries. For example, the average price of a Big Mac in America in January 2014 was $4.62; in China it was only $2.74 at market exchange rates. So the “raw” Big Mac index says that the yuan was undervalued by 41% at that time. Burgernomics was never intended as a precise gauge of currency misalignment, merely a tool to make exchange-rate theory more digestible.
Interesting footnotes: India’s Maharaja Mac is made out of chicken.
According to this Harvard study, on average people today are just as likely to be better off than our parents than the generation 50 years ago was. I wonder if they adjusted incomes for debt? (I’m too lazy to check).
I’m not sure why it took the Washington Post six months longer than the NYT to do an article and map about this. NYT’s interactive map/chart combo helps grasp what they’re measuring:
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