Archive for June, 2010

Most Popular Hair Color for Simpsons Characters

June 29, 2010
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Most Popular Hair Color for Simpsons Characters

Thanks to the hard work of Wikipedia users, we are able to bring you a startling new graph that highlights (pun intended) which hair colors are most popular among characters from the TV show The Simpsons. Our revelations reveal that, contrary to popular belief, brown seems to be more common than yellow. In another...
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Most Common Words in Movie Titles, By Genre

June 24, 2010
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Most Common Words in Movie Titles, By Genre

Following our previous posts (Most Common Words in Album Names and Most Common Words in Movie Tag Lines) we thought it only right to apply the same analysis to movie titles. So that’s what we did, using data from IMDB. From this analysis, we see that a cliched title for a love movie would be...
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Video Game Controller Trend Shows Worrying Knob Propensity

June 17, 2010
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Video Game Controller Trend Shows Worrying Knob Propensity

Before I go any further: yes, I only used the word knob in the title because it sounds good. Actually, this post is about buttons. But buttons aren’t funny. Hence, knob. We took the list of best-selling video game consoles, and plotted the number of buttons on the controller/joystick from each console against the...
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Most Common Words in Album Names, Band Names and Song Titles

June 14, 2010
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Most Common Words in Album Names, Band Names and Song Titles

The Whitburn Project collects data about all the songs in the Billboard chart. We analyzed the data, which spans from 1890 to 2008, to find which words were most commonly used in album names, band names and song names. According to the results, a fairly cliched band name would be “Billy, The Orchestra, And His Band”,...
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Create Your Own Pop Art / Lichtenstein Images

June 11, 2010
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Create Your Own Pop Art / Lichtenstein Images

OK, so this post is a bit out-of-the-ordinary from the usual science/graph type post on this site, but it’s related to pop culture and technology, so I figure it’s fine. I’ve created a fairly poor automatic thingy (that’s the technical term) that tries to convert any online photo to a ‘pop art’ style image....
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Tom Selleck Peaks at 7pm; Other 80s Icons at 6pm

June 5, 2010
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Tom Selleck Peaks at 7pm; Other 80s Icons at 6pm

We tracked who was talking about Tom Selleck, David Hasselhoff and Don Johnson on Twitter from 1 to 4 June 2010, then plotted the total number of tweets about each 80s icon, per hour. As it turns out, the Hoff and Johnson excitement seems to peak at around 6pm UTC, with Tom Selleck managing...
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