Get Rich or Die Early

This just in from the “I probably knew that but it’s interesting to see data to back it up” department.  Rich people live longer than poor people.  According to the New York Times (but based on a looooong study published in the Journal of the America Medical Association, America’s richest men live over 15 years […]

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Texas-Sized Crime: The Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

As the saying goes – everything is bigger in Texas.  Trucks, hair, guns and many other things hold true to that motto. Texas criminal attorney Paul Darrow’s team took a look at the big cities in Texas (over 100k population) and gave us some “Texas-sized” charts and tables ranking the most dangerous.  SPOILER ALERT: Odessa is […]

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Alcohol-ey Crap!!! Americans Name Booze the Biggest Drug Threat

Despite the rampant war on drugs, ever increasing heroin overdose deaths, and cartel shenanigans , Americans have found that alcohol is the biggest drug threat facing the nation. According to the Wonkblog, the most recent NORC survey – 76 percent of those surveyed view alcohol as a serious threat in their communities.  Perhaps they are […]

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What’s in a (Place) Name?

Live in Fairfield? That could be any one of over 30 places in the U.S. As the most common place name, Fairfield joins the likes of Franklin, Washington, Salem, and Madison among the top 10 most common place names in United States.   Why so many town founders wanted to name their town Milford may […]

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Uptick In California Auto Accident Fatalities and Injuries

After decades of decline, the last few years have seen a small uptick in auto fatalities in California.  According to the Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle – who handle this sort of thing pretty often – , 2012 saw almost 10 percent more car accident fatalities than 2010.  With nearly 3,000 – […]

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U.S. Water Usage at an All-Time Low

As a Californian, I can’t do anything without hearing about the drought and what I can do to conserve my water usage.  Collecting rainwater, low flow toilets, yard watering restrictions, and a myriad of other ways I can reduce my use dominate my day to day. I understand that the drought is real, but it […]

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North American Airlines: You Don’t Get What You Pay For

Air travel can be a pretty miserable experience.  Customer service issues (just pop United Airlines customer service into a Twitter search), delays, layovers, zero legroom, that smelly guy sleeping on your shoulder can leave you with a deeply unsatisfied feeling about your travel experience.  It turns out that not all airlines are created equal however, […]

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Donald VS. Hillary: Who’s The Boss?

Despite Donald Trump’s incessant rhetoric and claims that he would rather face Hillary Clinton in the general presidential election, data from Huffington Post Pollster is showing that The Donald may not fare well in that head-to-head matchup.  The data from major, live caller polls shows that Clinton beats Trump in 9 out of 10 polls […]

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Want to Be a Data Journalist? Move to New York and Learn Javascript

Data journalism is a fast growing part of the news cycle.  Outlets like the New York Times pioneered the field with some of the best visualizations and use of data over the last several years.  Along the way, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the Huffington Post, and nearly every major news site begun to at least […]

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Who’s Gettin’ Paid in the Music Industry? Not the Band

Ever wonder where the money you pay for a song or album goes?  Well, if you still actually pay for your music – purchase not streaming services – The Root broke down where your $16.98 goes after you shell it out for that new Katie Perry album.  Only 13 percent goes to the band, and […]

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