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Bad Chart Thursday: Mad Art Lab is Popular, OK?

Hey all. Anne from Mad Art Lab here. I’m invading the Skepchick main site on behalf of the Lab to stage a protest.

You see, over on the Lab’s behind-the-scenes dashboard, we mere contributors can no longer see our site stats. For a bunch of affirmation junkies like us (artists just want attention, you know), this is a cruel and unusual fate.

Why can we no longer view site stats? Well, you see, Mad Art Lab is actually pretty popular. Certain posts, anyway. Certain Mad Art Lab posts have been so popular *cough* Ryan’s post about ladies’ fantasy armor *cough* that they’ve actually crashed the ENTIRE Skepchick network. So, the back end has had to be reconfigured a few times, and during one of these transitions, we apparently lost access to our stats.

In the absence of data, we’ve forced to estimate just how popular we are. For a sense of scale, I’m comparing Mad Art Lab’s popularity with that of a couple other popular things:

MAL popularity chart
We’re obviously the best thing since sliced bread, which is at least twice as popular as Jesus.


Again, this is just an estimation, but gosh darn it, we certainly deserve to be popular! We’ve got oodles of thought-provoking posts, from gorgeous photography to a weekly writing contest that could win you an illustration of your story, from skeptical tunes to nerdy food and drink, from feminism in pop culture to our Mad Quickies thrice-weekly link roundup. Come check out our ugly things, and maybe show off some of your own! I would tell you what our most popular posts are, but I can’t look that up right now. ¬_¬

In conclusion: give us back our stats, or we may be forced to hijack this site with bad charts once more!

-Anne and the Mad Art Lab rats

Anne S

Anne Sauer is an atheist with an appetite for science, good food, and making connections between the two. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Her favorite foods are salted caramel ice cream and chicken tikka masala. You can find her on twitter @aynsavoy.

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  1. I must protest! The popularity of sliced bread is surely a subset of the popularity of Jesus, given that one of His most favored ways of revealing Himself unto us is in toast. (Also: breakfast burritos, dumplings, bacon grease, et. al.)

    1. A valid point of contention. I was working off my observation that sliced bread is often used in sandwiches, which requires two slices, while Jesus generally just appears on one slice at a time.

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