Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Infographic: Inside Disneyland’s Matterhorn

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Matterhorn ride, the folks at Disney created this infographic which gave us a rare inside look at the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

Correction: My friend, Charles Apple, at the Orange County Register sent me an update to this blog post.  Charles noted: “The folks at Disney”? No, I’m afraid that’s my colleague Scott Brown at the Orange County Register.

Thanks Charles for the correction on who created the graphic. You Editors catch everything!

Best regards,



Infographic: A Taxonomy of Shit


So, here we are at the end of 2013. I came across this infographic the other day and have been debating whether to post it or not. It is an infographic of a taxonomy of the word “shit”.

Now, to be fair, I did post an infographic months ago about the composition of poop. And, I did post another one about pee. So, the bar for these types of infographics has already been set (sort of). In the end, I went with the fact that I found this infographic to be not only humorous, but also interesting in how it visually shows the various ways we use the word “shit.”

I suppose we could take a lot of common words we daily use and substitute them in this chart. I am sure we would be surprised by the different way we use that word.

I hope you have a Happy New Year. May you be healthy, happy and prosperous.

Best regards,


A Taxonomy of Shit

Interactive Data Visualization: Political Party Control by State

In the December 28, 2013 digital edition of The Washington Post, Kennedy Elliott and Dan Balz published an interactive data visualization titled Party Control by State. The recent gridlock in Congress has been blamed on political polarity — increasingly antagonistic political ideologies among Democrats and Republicans, with neither party in full control. But states are circumventing this problem by aligning completely with one party: Today, three-quarters of the states are controlled by either Republicans or Democrats, more than at any time in recent memory.

Here is a screenshot of their data visualization. Click on this image to go to The Washington Post Web site and interact with it yourself.

Party Control by State

Infographic: Know Your Movie Monsters

Movie monsters come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny Gremlins (don’t feed them after midnight!) to the towering Godzilla. But it’s a mistake to assume that just because they might be destructive, ugly, and extraordinarily grumpy, that they are all innately evil. Many are just misunderstood.

Yahoo! Movies created an infographic where they classified their favorite movie monsters, plotting out in chart form how big and how evil each one is in relation to each other. Take a look at how the monsters match up.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Know Your Movie Monsters

Infographic: How Stuff Works – The Acoustic Guitar

The Acoustic Guitar

Infographic: A Visual Compendium of Cameras

Another great infographic poster from the team at Pop Chart Lab!  A Visual Compendium of Cameras lines up the 100 most influential cameras in history in Chronological order.

A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography’s history from the first models to today’s digital wonders.

Available unframed for $28 from the Pop Chart Lab Store.

Here is a close up of a portion of the infographic. Click on image to see enlarged view.

Cameras - Close Up

Here is the complete infographic.

A Visual Compendium of Cameras

Infographic: What is actually in fruitcake?

Large Sliced Deluxe FruitcakeI love fruitcake. For the past 25+ years, I have been buying fruitcakes from The Collin Street Bakery that is world-renowned for its fruitcakes. The business, opened in 1896, is located in Corsicana, Texas and ships to all 50 states, U.S. possessions and 195 foreign lands. The Bakery is the recipient of the president’s coveted “E-Award.”

Some of the characteristics of their fruitcake are:

  • Each fruitcake is the perfect balance of native pecans (27%), shelled in Corsicana, Texas.
  • Hand-picked Golden sweet pineapple and lush papaya, from our own farms in Costa Rica.
  • Ripe, red cherries from Oregon and Washington State.
  • Pure clover honey, plump golden raisins.
  • Refrigerated, the Deluxe fruitcake stays moist and delicious for months.

Collin Street Bakery

Fruitcake has been a Christmas staple for decades. And it has been a mystery to people for just as long. The age-old question surrounding fruitcake is always, “Just what is it that I’m actually eating…?” In the spirit of Christmas and holiday traditions, I found this infographic by that dissects the fruitcake. We know there are lots of fruitcake recipes out there, but here is just one example of all the ingredients that can go into the elusive Christmas “treat.” Grab a fork and dive in, everyone! Let them eat (fruit)cake!


Merry Christmas from Data Archaeology


Day Seven of My Seven Days of Christmas Infographics: Christmas by the Numbers

How many Christmas cards are sent each year? Which states produce the most Christmas trees? What are some of the most popular Christmas traditions? This infographic, from the History Channel, looks to answer those questions and more.


Day Six of My Seven Days of Christmas Infographics: The Cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas

Most Americans can probably easily rattle off the 12 days of Christmas. The song recounts someone giving their significant other some incredibly odd gifts for the course of 12 days during Christmas time. I’m not sure what use I personally would have with “six geese a laying” or “seven swans a swimming” but I’m sure at some point in history these would have been incredibly romantic gestures.

And, apparently, expensive ones.

The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson recently published this amazing infographic showing the true cost of the 12 days of Christmas, also highlighting the fact that thanks to inflation, how the 12 days of Christmas have become increasingly costly over the course of the past 30 years.

Apparently the cheapest gift to get your lover off of this list are the “eight maids a milking” which will only cost you 58 bucks. Both the “nine ladies dancing” and “11 pipers piping” however, will set you back nearly eight grand.

If any of you are looking to buy me something nice this Christmas, I suppose I’d settle for the “two turtle doves.” At $125 this seems to be a sensible present.

Source: Tess VandenDolder, Staff Writer, Politics, InTheCapital



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