Some Irish people came back home from *Australia*! I also saw someone tweet that they were on holiday, saw everyone talking about #hometovote and decided to book a plane home the next day. Incredible. Click on this tweet to see the map properly:
Donegal was the only constituency to vote no, everywhere else in Ireland voted yes (nice map here if you scroll down a bit). Interesting that it’s next to Northern Ireland, I wonder if maybe that’s why?
One in four colleges in Oxford University failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017. This has sparked a lot of debate over the last few days. And anger. Rightfully so.
By and large the British public don’t really give a fig about the upper house, but the opinions we do have are more negative. Only 20% of people want to abolish the Lords and 34% say we should replace it with an elected chamber (which would, presumably, just replicate the issues we already have with our current elected chamber?)
People in Boston who left prison were asked this simple question as part of the Boston Reentry Study. It revealed a shocking statistic: 42% of those 122 asked said yes. In fact, it’s even worse than that - they were asked to think back to their childhood and whether they saw anyone get killed. This should probably prompt people to reassess the justice system…
The Economist has published its methodology for the prediction model they’re using for the mid-terms in November. Updates will be published at Economist.com/midterms and as of Sunday, it says there is a 65% probability of the Democrats winning a majority in the House of at least one seat.
Pew Research does some interesting work - this interactive tells you how you county has changed since 2000 and how it compares with other counties across the US. The population in Clark County, Nevada (where Las Vegas is) has grown by 50% in 18 years, for instance. And through this I accidentally learned that 12 states have a county called Clark County. You gotta sort that out, America.
Lovely piece (with sound!) on whether or not chart toppers are becoming more or less musically diverse. The answer is less diverse but the reasons are quite interesting and this piece takes you through it. Shocking factoid (to me): Since 1985, Max Martin has been the #1 writer and producer by songs that charted in the top 5. That’s INSANE. Also, Can’t Feel My Face is one of my favourite songs, mostly because of Tom Cruise.
I am not a football person, but I somehow ended up watching the match on Saturday. It was actually surprisingly interesting, as football goes (normally they just kick the ball around and it’s honestly pretty boring but we had a few injuries and two ridiculous goals - well done, Karius.) This person measured their BPM during the match. Definitely an LFC fan.
I hope Amy doesn’t mind me taking this photo and putting it in here cos it is *awesome*. This jar shows what time babies are born in the US - the yellow is the average and - lots of babies born around 8am. (Source - follow her on Twitter to keep up with her DayDohViz projects!) Original data viz is here. Check out the #CraftyDataViz hashtag for more cool projects.
Why Are So Many Babies Born Around 8:00 A.M.? by Amy Cesal
Bad charts of the week
If you are going to use pie charts, don’t overlay it onto a map, because that is the worst thing you can do (source):
Can you count to ten? Apparently whoever made this cannot. :) Also, read the legend. ARGH. (Source)
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