Archive for February, 2014

How to Win an Oscar

February 28, 2014

More Americans Identify as Lower Class

February 26, 2014

Between 2008 and 2014, an additional 15% of Americans view themselves as lower class, with 6% falling from upper to middle and another 8% dropping below middle.

–from CNN

Taxes Represent Same Share of GDP as 1970’s

February 25, 2014

Taxes make up about the same amount of GDP as they did in the 1970’s. Although the amount fluctuated over the past forty years, following boom and bust cycles of the economy, the percentage is nearly the same.

–from NPR

Global Food Price Index Highly Correlated to Civil Unrest

February 21, 2014

This chart, which maps civil unrest to food prices, shows that the higher food prices go, the more likely, and more frequent, civil unrest becomes.


Americans Marrying Later, But How Much?

February 18, 2014

The age for a man to get married increased to 29 recently, which is nearly six years later than in the 1950’s. However, it’s only three years higher than the 1890’s. It seems the 1950’s were a time of unusually young marriages, seemingly amplifying today’s trends.

–from US News

US is World Leader in Guard Labor

February 17, 2014


The US employs significantly more guards than comparable countries.

–from The New York Times

America has Lowering Marriage Rate, High Divorce Rate

February 14, 2014


Marriage rates are decreasing globally, but increasing in China and Russia. Americans have a very high divorce rate, as well as a comparatively short marriage length, at about eight years.

–from The Economist

Incomes for the Top .01% Rising Ever Upward

February 13, 2014


Though the income for the top 1% have remained comparatively flat, the incomes for the top .1% and .01% of Americans have launched, keeping a steady pace with stock market gains.

–from The Atlantic

Over 25% of American Boys Eat Pizza on Any Given Day

February 11, 2014

This chart shows the percentage of people, by age, who eat pizza on any given day. Over a quarter of boys age 6-19 eat pizza every day. This culinary love affair winds down beginning at age 20, and declining to 6% over age 60.

–from The USDA and The Atlantic

Airfare Prices Trend Downwards over Time, Increased in 2010

February 10, 2014