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Bad Chart Thursday: Leaving Facebook Makes You as Happy as a Cleanse Makes You Healthy

Does Facebook contribute to unhappiness, an unsatisfying social life, and envy? The Danish Happiness Research Institute recently conducted an experiment to find out. This was clearly a rigorous and serious …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Graphic Dump

We’ve featured and created some truly terrible charts in this column, but some of the worst never make the cut. In most cases, these are charts that are awful in …

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Sugar equals immortality
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Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: Sugar Could Make Us Immortal

Originally published on March 20, 2014. I was casually strolling about the Internet the other day, enjoying a hot fudge doughnut M&M sundae, as I am wont to do, when …

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Deaths from various unrelated causes
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Bad Chart Thursday: Gun Deaths Don’t Matter Because Cancer

In President Obama’s response to the mass shooting in Oregon last week, he asked the US media to report gun deaths side by side with terrorism deaths to demonstrate that …

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Warped pie chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: More Misleading Charts from Americans United for Life

By now, you’ve likely heard about the embarrassingly bad abortion chart Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) tried to use as a “gotcha” at the congressional Planned Parenthood hearing last Tuesday. If …

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Krugman chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: Paul Krugman’s EXCEL-lent Adventure

If you follow economist Paul Krugman’s op-ed column in the New York Times, you may have noticed that he occasionally creates his own graphs using the sophisticated stylings of Microsoft …

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social security and immigration chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: Magic Eye CAPTCHA Chart Explains Trump’s Popularity

I am going to admit straight out: I was never able to see the image hidden in those magic eye pictures (a.k.a. stereograms) from the nineties. Today, I tried to …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Your State’s Burning Health Concerns

Maps based on data gathered from Google Trends are everywhere, especially those that attempt to sum up each state based on randomly chosen attributes. For example, the real estate site …

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