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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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Killers in World History chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: Anti-Abortion “Logic” in One Terrible Chart

You know, there are a few things the anti-abortion crowd is really good at–holding down the shift key when they type; consistently blurring the line between fact and fiction (most …

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Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: The Skeptic’s Secret

Originally published on May 24, 2013. We’ve had a lot of discussions of privilege lately, and I’ve noticed that whenever the topic comes up, whether the focus is on race, …

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drug overdose chart
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Bad Chart Thursday: US Drug Overdose Deaths

We can always count on Twitter to revive old bad charts that should have been left to obscurity, and it’s particularly painful when both the tweeter and the original source …

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Bad Chart Thursday Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

One thing charts of all types have in common is that they depict relationships. Ideally, we can see at a glance the main features of each relationship, and with a …

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What are the odds chart
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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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