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Bad Chart Thursday: From 0 to Pot Pie in 5 Charts

I had so many terrible charts to choose from this week that it seemed a shame not to share them all, so here’s a quick rundown of my favorite data …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Pseudoscientific Chart Judges Science Reporting

A chart purporting to rank credible science journalism uses the most unscientific means ever: opinion presented as fact. Editors for the American Council of Science and Health (ACSH), an industry-funded …

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Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: You Are Not a Special Miracle Because Odds. Sorry.

Today’s chart is actually a few years old, but it occasionally pops up in my various feeds, and the concept behind it is prevalent in multiple mathematically challenged arguments, such …

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Bad Chart Thursday: GOP Obamacare Chart Makes Case for . . . Obamacare

Last week, Politico shared the internal GOP policy brief for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), a brief that inadvertently makes a pretty good case for not …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Trump Less Popular than “The Sex Lives of Potato Men”

Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained at a historic low for a new president: 43%, as of February 1, according to Gallup. A whopping 52% disapprove of the job he’s …

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Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: The Pareidolia Plot

Originally published on January 23, 2014. As skeptics, we’re probably all familiar with the concept of pareidolia, perceiving a distinct pattern, often an image, in randomness, such as the many …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Beer Doesn’t Make You Fat!

Britain’s Beer Alliance sounds like my kind of superhero team, fighting the good fight against sobriety across the UK. At the mere whisper of “I’ll just have water, thanks,” our …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Scholarly Journal Edition

This week’s bad chart comes from none other than the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Cell, in an article titled “Regulators of Gut Motility Revealed by a Gnotobiotic Model of Diet-Microbiome Interactions …

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