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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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Who’s The King of Kong? Answer: Hong

May 31, 2010
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Who’s The King of Kong? Answer: Hong

There are more Kongs in this world than I thought; apart from the obvious ones, there’s the Chinese actress Elanne Kong (who’s actually from the Hong of Kongs) and the basketball player Bol Kong. So I thought I’d check which were the most popular of the Kongs, in terms of how many people searched...
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Phoenix Men Too Horny, San Jose Best For Single Women

May 28, 2010
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Phoenix Men Too Horny, San Jose Best For Single Women

Thanks to Facebook’s laissez-faire attitude towards personal privacy, we’ve researched single people in the largest 12 US cities (by population). All the data in this post relates to Facebook users who are 18-40 years old, single, and interested in the opposite sex. Let’s start with absolute numbers of singles in each city, by sex:...
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The Story of A Man Who Wrote Awful Movie Tag Lines

May 22, 2010
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The Story of A Man Who Wrote Awful Movie Tag Lines

We analysed 104,925 movie tag lines to uncover the biggest clichés. We took the most popular first words (the, a, it’s), then looked for the most common three words after these (the story, the most, the greatest, etc.), and then the three most common words after these initial two. If you’re wondering what the...
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