Game: 50 Shades Of Putin

February 24th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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I went through Reuters’ massive photo library, looked at thousands of photos of Putin over the last decade or so of his political career, during which he served as Russia’s Prime Minister and President, and picked out the ones in which he’s showing emotion.

The photos are placed based on how close Putin’s facial expressions are to the emotions on each of the four corner of the matrix — happy, excited, sad and angry.

 Click here to pick your favorite Putin!

Map: Where Does The United States’ Immigrant Workforce Come From, And How Much Money Are They Sending Home?

February 21st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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International immigrants all over the world sent a total of $529 billion in remittances back to their home countries in 2012, according to the World Bank.

More than 20 percent of all the money sent home by immigrants globally originated in the United States, more than any other country in the world. People living in the U.S. sent a total $123 billion to friends and family living in other countries in 2012. That’s 0.75 percent of the United States’ GDP in 2012.

Click here to see how remittance outflows in the U.S. have changed over the years and which countries received the most in remittances from the U.S.

Infographic: 2014, The Year Of Elections

February 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


Elections will be held in 50 countries and for the European Union parliament, representing 44.4 percent of the world’s population. The combined GDP of all these nations accounts for more than half the world’s GDP. Click here for a roundup of the countries that will be voting in a referendum, legislative or presidential election this year.

Map: Fast Food Workers Strikes And Protests

December 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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An interactive map of every single fast food strike and protest that took place on December 5, 2013, based on information provided by a Fast Food Forward spokesperson. Click here for the interactive version, and for the full story.

Chart: NASDAQ Milestones

November 25th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


The Nasdaq Composite Index broke the 4,000 mark for the first time since September 2000 on November 25, 2013.

Here’s a timeline of every time the Nasdaq Composite Index doubled in value since its inception in 1971, and from its low after the dot-com bubble crashed.

Chart: Android vs. iOS

November 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Just a little more than a year ago, in May 2012, Android’s market share surpassed that of Apple iOs for the first time. Back then, Apple’s share of the world market was 22.95 percent, and Android’s 23.81 percent — a difference of less than 1 percent, according to data tracked by StatCounter. Today, Android runs on 43 percent of all the world’s smartphones while Apple iOS still runs on one in five smartphones.

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Click here for an interactive map of 227 countries color-coded by the dominant mobile OS in the region.

Charts: Who’s Watching That?

November 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


What sort of an audience do America’s most prominent news channels, news publications and TV shows enjoy? Here’s a breakdown of news audiences by demographic, gender, political leaning and income, based on Pew Research Center data.

Chart: How Does Twitter Measure Up?

October 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Twitter reported $158,500 in revenue for each of its 2,000 employees in 2012. In comparison, Facebook took in $960,370 per employee, while LinkedIn’s sales equaled $231,502 per employee. Twitter lost $40,000 per employee in 2012.

This chart compares Twitter’s revenue per employee and profit per employee against those of six other publicly held social media and Internet companies.

Chart: Silk Road vs. Street

October 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Cocaine was cheaper on Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace, while Marijuana was more expensive. Here’s a comparison of drug prices on Silk Road and on the street, based on data parsed by ThePriceGeek.

Map: The Lost Wallet Experiment

September 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Reader’s Digest wanted to know how honest world cities are, so it “lost” 192 wallets in 16 cities — that’s 12 wallets in each city — to see how many would be returned. Each wallet contained the $50 equivalent of the local currency, as well as a name, phone number, family photo, coupons and business cards.

Click here for the full story.

Infographic: Angela Merkel In The Haus

September 25th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, won the national vote on Sunday, making her the only European leader to be re-elected since the financial crisis hit in 2008.

Here’s everything you need to know about the German elections, in an infographic.

Infographic: The Bros Of Lehman Brothers: Where Are They Now?

September 13th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


When Lehman Brothers collapsed, it took Dick Fuld’s career down with it. And he wasn’t the only one — former Chief Operating Officer Joseph M. Gregory and former Chief Financial Officer Erin Callan haven’t worked in finance for years now.

Here’s what happened to the bros of Lehman Brothers.

Chart: What The US Economy Is Missing: The Jobs In The Middle

August 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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While the US economy is adding lots of low-wage and high-wage jobs, tt’s the jobs in the middle of the pay spectrum that are missing. The economy has lost more than 200,000 teaching, construction and community-service jobs since 2010 — all occupations that pay between $40,000 and $60,000 per year. This means that people who are reasonably well-educated but don’t have highly technical skills of graduate degrees are stuck. The jobs they’re actually qualified for don’t exist, and the really well-paying jobs all require skill sets they don’t have. Such workers end up underemployed — overqualified for the jobs that they can get and paid lower wages as a result.

Click here for the full story.

Map: Minutes Of Minimum Wage Work To A Big Mac

August 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Just 18 minutes of minimum wage work in Australia earns you a Big Mac, but in Afghanistan and India it takes around 6 hours.

Click here for the full story.

News Game: Big Data, Big Changes

August 17th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Everyday, you use Google to find answers, Facebook to connect with your friends, Amazon to shop. You read the New York Times, and you look up definitions on And all the while, your data is being mined by these companies and many others, behind-the-scenes.

Like it or not, it’s happening. Play the game to find out how Big Data practices are changing your life.

Chart: Visualizing The US Wage Crisis

July 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Hourly wages for low-paying jobs are just not keeping up with inflation, according to my analysis of BLS data.

Infographic: The Rents’ vs Rent

July 25th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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An analysis of how young adult’s living arrangements have changed over the past few decades. Fewer are getting married, many are choosing to live with roommates, and more are living with their parents than ever before.

Click here for the full story.

Infographic: Service-Related Sectors Are Expanding, Pretty Much Every Other Sector Is Not

July 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Of the 3.8 million job openings in the U.S. in May 2013, 645,000 were in the accommodations and food services sector — the highest number of openings in any sector, according to data from the JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover) report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this week.

Click here for the full story.

MAP: The Most Unsustainable Countries In The World Are All Concentrated In Africa

June 24th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and South Sudan are the four most dangerously unstable countries in the world, according to the just released Failed States Index, compiled by the Foreign Policy Group and the Fund For Peace.

Click here for the full interactive map.

Infographic: How Much Do Americans Owe?

May 18th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Ever since total outstanding national household debt peaked at $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008, Americans have continued to slowly but steadily chip away at what they owe. Click here to see where they stand now.