bad chart thursday

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    beer calories

    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 Alliance heroes don their goggles, suck in their guts, and stagger their way toward the cry for help. In reality, there’s no giant mug of beer crashing through pub walls…

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    word cloud pie charts

    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 Related to Travel.” As you can see, the study involved mice playing a game of dietary musical chairs, followed by mincing a Bangladeshi child with a screen, then feeding the…

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    NHS deaths by day

    Bad Chart Thursday: NHS Weekend Death Trap of Doom and Death

    Terrifying news from the UK: You are more likely to die if admitted to the hospital on the weekend than on a weekday. This can only mean one thing–patients admitted on weekends are being locked in and forced to battle to the death. Kidding, kidding. Leaping to a single conclusion like that without evidence or consideration of multiple factors would…

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  • Random Asides

    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 such obvious ways that there’s really not much to say about them. So I tuck them away in a miscellaneous folder in case I can find some use for them…

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  • Feminism
    Gender rights over the years

    Bad Chart Thursday: Egalitarianism vs. Feminism

    Did you know that egalitarianism and feminism are mutually exclusive? I had no idea until I started encountering people, online and off, who insist that they are not feminists but are egalitarians. The latter term is vague, with multiple connotations depending on the context, but when used in opposition to feminism, it is usually described as a belief in equality…

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  • Random Asides
    Sugar equals immortality

    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 I came across some SHOCKING news about US sugar consumption: By 2606, the US Diet will be 100 Percent Sugar. My first thought was that this would be only a…

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  • Random Asides
    Deaths from various unrelated causes

    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 far more Americans are killed by guns than by terrorism, yet we don’t spend a fraction of the resources used to combat terrorism in efforts to reduce gun violence. Various…

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  • Feminism
    Warped pie chart

    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 you haven’t, I recommend reading the excellent take-downs by Kevin Drum at Mother Jones and Timothy Lee at Vox. I’m not going to rehash everything wrong with that particular chart,…

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