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Interesting Visual Statistics

Updated on October 28, 2014

Making Data Make Sense

Sometimes complex ideas make so much more sense when you have a visual representation. Sometimes creative charts just look cool. And it is scientifically proven that people learn and retain more information when it is presented in more than one mode.

Beautiful Data - The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions

Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions
Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions

In this insightful book, you'll learn from the best data practitioners in the field just how wide-ranging -- and beautiful -- working with data can be. Join 39 contributors as they explain how they developed simple and elegant solutions on projects ranging from the Mars lander to a Radiohead video.

With Beautiful Data, you will:

* Explore the opportunities and challenges involved in working with the vast number of datasets made available by the Web

* Learn how to visualize trends in urban crime, using maps and data mashups

* Discover the challenges of designing a data processing system that works within the constraints of space travel

* Learn how crowdsourcing and transparency have combined to advance the state of drug research

* Understand how new data can automatically trigger alerts when it matches or overlaps pre-existing data

* Learn about the massive infrastructure required to create, capture, and process DNA data

That's only small sample of what you'll find in Beautiful Data. For anyone who handles data, this is a truly fascinating book.


Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

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A report commissioned by pipeline sponsor TransCanada now shows that connecting tar sands producers with Gulf Coast refiners actually pushes gas prices up for everybody.

Time lapse map of Obesity in USA - This is just 24 years...

Distribution of Wealth in the U.S. - click the images to go to the source with more info

Eat the Rich | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine

How Many Gallons of Fuel Does it Take to Travel 350 Miles? - click the smaller image to go to the full sized source with more info

Sugar Stacks - click the images to go to the source with more info

Sweet, but not that sugary.

That's more sugar than a whole pint of ice cream!

(medium chocolate shake)

Miniature Earth - If the world's popuation were reduced to 100, it would look something like this...

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.

-John W. Tukey. Exploratory Data Analysis. 1977

Radiohead - House of Cards

No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

Watch the making-of video to learn about how the video was made and the various technologies that were used to capture and render 3D data.

Death and Taxes: 2009

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"Death and Taxes:2009" is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2009. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.

The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.

Statistics TED Talk - Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty and life around the world

Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

TED talk

Environmental Charts

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To replay, SHIFT + reload

Left: All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it)

including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc.

Right: All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it)

gathered into a ball at sea-level density.

Shown on the same scale as the Earth.

Vegetarian Statistics - click the smaller image to go to the full sized source with more info


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    • robertred24 profile image

      robertred24 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I'm just working with statistical matters and It gave me some new ideas on hwo to present data.

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      ATTHED LM 5 years ago

      Some fun and serious methods of presenting information. I found this informative and interesting. Thanks

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      SteveBuilding 5 years ago

      I had to like this lens for the Gallons of fuel infographic

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Stopped by to deliver a COUNTRYLUTHIER blessing!

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      I tend to agree with you. Visual statistics get you a quick picture for you to arrive at a decision. Nice lens.

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      jc91583 5 years ago

      I am very intrigued. I deal with data analysis all the time and definitely know the value of charts (and you're right, they look cool too.) Without the right tools, making a chart can be just as hard as gathering the data!! Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a little. A visual representation definitely gets the point across. It's not powerful enough to get me to stop buying chocolate milkshakes! Aahh the shame! Great lens. Thank you very much.

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      Cecil Kenmill 5 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      Great lens. The vegetarian chart really woke me up

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Blessed on my second flyover as Squid Angel. COUNTRYLUTHIER

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      mcampbell123 5 years ago

      good lens. i need one more like to complete my quest please help lol

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      Ernestaux 6 years ago

      Very interesting and thought stimulating lens, great job.

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      gatornic15 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Visuals definitely help to bring data to life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      JustOneGuy 6 years ago

      Absolutely the best lens I have seen. Maybe that's because I love databases! I watched the hans rosling video and absolutely loved his passion for his message and the beautiful way he presented his many cases.That's the Swede in me. :) If I was a giant squid or a squid angel, I'd bless this lens.

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      Angela5 6 years ago

      Very cool....from a fellow data maven and visual stats junkie.

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      Pangionedevelopers 6 years ago

      great info source

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      The obesity rate in this country is awful, thank you for the interesting statistics more people need to be made aware of these.

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      Great lens. I really enjoy the topics you chose to measure! Blessed! Bookmarked for return! Thanks, keep making lenses!

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      Visual representation of data is essential for teaching complex subjects. Great lens! Blessings!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I am very much a visual person. Great job on the charts and photos. Blessed! Please add this to the plexo on my New Year 2012 Blessings and Zazzle lens.

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      Little Linda Pinda 6 years ago from Florida

      Fantastic. I am definitely a chart person. Thanks for all your hard work to present this to us.

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      Loveyourshoes 6 years ago

      Really good lens, visually brilliant and a lot to take in initially. Ever heard the famous quote from Winston Churchill that there are ," Lies, damn lies and statistics " It is true that statistics can be presented in various ways though. Sousebaby is right though when she says a picture is worth a thousand words a map !

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this gem (nice to see it has a purple star too).

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I really must revisit this . . since explaining some things with words doesn't effectively convey the massive scale that I am trying to emphasize (for some projects I work on). A picture (or visual graphic) really is worth a thousand words. Thanks for such great ideas. Sincerely, Rose

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      Trender1 6 years ago

      Really cool lens. So much interesting data I will have to remember to come back.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      you have such an exemplary and kind heart, and i can not thank you enough for all you did (and continue to do) to help me by your encouraging comments and blessings. thanks again for everything. my best wishes. sukkran

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      BeautifulAlise 6 years ago

      Wow! This is great! I love interesting facts

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      Wonderfully interesting! thanks for sharing!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      What a stark set of visual statistics. Thanks for the eye opener!

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      MelissaInTheSky 6 years ago

      What a fascinating lens! Wow! This is so cool. I will be sharing it with others. Thanks for putting it together. Thank you, also, for liking and commenting on my OWS lens!

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Blessed by a squid angel! This lens was simply great! I am one of those people who have to see things to understand them and this was really interesting to see. Thank you for putting this together, very, very neat!!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting and well presented lens.

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      wilfredpadilla 6 years ago

      Very interesting! You can say that again!

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      Mermaiden 6 years ago

      i'm totally a visual learner. visual representations are not only a great way to learn but sometimes help people understand a complex idea in a more simplified manner. i learned so many amazing stats by browsing your page. the scariest was the obesity video. Scary!

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      jc91583 6 years ago

      Great information. Thank you so much for the learning experience.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Kudos on this brilliant lens! Fascinating!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like stats and photos like this, I'm a junky when it comes to it. Add this to my lens to bring more traffic to it.

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      dschandar 6 years ago

      Very nice presentation

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      What an interesting idea for a lens - well done !

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      whoisbid lm 6 years ago

      I am an ex extreme MMORPG so visual is the only way for me! Nice lens!

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      Yes, i'm intrigued. and I'm lost in the TED presentation, lost in thought at all the comparisons you've so smartly selected. Excellent.

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      I like the miniature Earth. Great information. One thumbs up from me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      weak. I tried to reach the porch of a great building near, but the cheap uniphyl cr. mass of frontage and the giant spire turned black and vanished from my cheap paroxetine.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      well done! I will keep this lens in mind next time I do a talk about using data in the class room and how to overcome math fear

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Simply fascinating. Maybe I'm just very visual, but these opened my eyes in several cases.

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      There are some very interesting information here...Nice lens!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing on squidoo. Visit PRAY FOR JAPAN for the noble cause!!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I relish visual presentations and statistics. This lens has some great stats.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Returning to bless this lens and add to my best maths resources lens.

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      these presentations make data more digestible! a side note: i love TEDTalks! cheers

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      E L Seaton 7 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting squid stuff! Good lens there squidly one.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It is not that there's not "Enough," there not "Enough" Compassion!! There is Plenty of resources for everyone on this Entire Planet to support Every Living Creature bothe Man and Animal!!! With this Fact, there should be No One Going Without!!! "Miniature Earth" is very informative and yet so Direct, Sometimes I feel aweful being apart of the Human Race but statics and facts don't lie.

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      grandma deal 7 years ago

      A lot of interesting information. The "Miniature Earth" was surprising to me. I now realize our lives are a lot better than I had previously thought. Great Job!

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Fun and informative. Great stuff as usual.

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      tiff0315 7 years ago

      Wow! Thank you for the visual. It's definitely a lot easier to see the "big picture" when you put it that way. Awesome lens!

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      JoshK47 7 years ago

      Very interesting visual stats! Thank you for sharing!

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      tobejim 7 years ago

      Charts are more meaningful a lot of the time but I do love the raw data that lies underneath it - it's the stuff you can use for some real analysis.

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      joanv334 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Heidi Reina 7 years ago from USA

      I love visual stats, and Hans Rosling's video is riveting. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Yes, VERY intrigued! A "visual" learning experience for sure.

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      fireblazzer 7 years ago

      Very.. good lens.... a bit disturbing

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      Totally enjoyed it.

      nicely Done

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      ThruMyEyes LM 7 years ago

      very nicely done!

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Amazing stuff! I watched Hans' video to the end. You're right. Amazing.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting lens,enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very cool lens! Loved it!

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      Excellent Lens! Blessed!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I was surprised that air travel used so little gas per person. I will travel more now and feel better about it.

      (Of course, I am betting that doesn't count private jets!)

      Fascinating lens

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      Asinka Fields 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Simply Fabulous! Thanks for sharing and creating this lens :).

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      I kept reading it, and the biggest "visual" was the lens... hmm me thinkest you've done me a favor!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Just revisiting one of my favorite lenses to give it a SquidAngel Blessing. You do great work!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am a visual-kinesthetic learner. Great lens. Great info. This lens pops.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I am also a visual learner so these types of presentations of facts really appeal to me because I can understand them. Great lens.

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      LabKittyDesign 7 years ago

      @hlkljgk: That's the one!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      I have to say I'm a visual learner. If I just listen to instructions, it goes in one ear and out the other. I have a better chance if I can see something.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      How cool! I like all these different kinds of information, especially the chart about what is wrong with different Squidoo lenses. Thanks for sharing this fun lens.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      @LabKittyDesign: sure you can link. :) this one?

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      LabKittyDesign 7 years ago

      The Walmart lens is similar in effect to the world population history vid that ZPG made awhile back. Not sure if we can do linkys here in the comments, but its easy for find on YouTube. Nice lens.

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Neat Charts!

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      nukemdomis lm 7 years ago

      I'd seen that chart showing the growth of WalMart before. That is an eye-opening statistic.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh my, what an eye opener. Lensrolling to my new lens, and will feature it there for a time. This is interesting. Well done too.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Interesting! :)

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      jballidis 7 years ago

      Complex information can be much easier to understand when viewed through a chart or graph! Thank you for the reminder and for this great lens.

      As a California injury lawyer, I am often augmenting my articles and blog postings with statistics. I will definitely start conveying some of them visually.

      Thanks again for this great lens. I look forward to viewing future postings. Recently I set up a lens about pedestrian rights. Hopefully you can check it out!

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I appreciate your lens here hlkljgk. Statistics aren't my favorite visual aid, but photos and paintings are. Once I learned that I was a visual learner, so many things became clear to me about what I have and have not learned in life. Anyway, a VERY interesting sets of information.

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      Great facts there, congrats :) 5* some of my lenses do have primary tag = title

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      AmericanCitizen 8 years ago

      Fascinating statistics!!!

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      I started to enjoy statistics once I came across people like Hans Rosling who had found a way to show us in graphical and arresting ways what the numbers were telling us. Great idea for a lens.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a squidangel :)

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Wow! This really shows that you can presently data visually that is quite appealing and almost artistic too! I love the Good Magazine -- now that would be the place to work eh? Ah, good idea!

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      sarita 8 years ago from Hisar

      Great stuff on this lens... THank you...

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      dreaminglucid1 8 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. Very cool. And thanks for stopping by my mantra insights page.

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      bengriston 8 years ago

      Excellent visual stats. The gallons of fuel for traveling 350 miles really says a lot.

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      mitchking 8 years ago

      Data is much easier to understand when there is a graphic to help you better see what it is saying. Nice lens of some interesting facts.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      This is great stuff. I'm featuring your lens on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love how they made this chart stand out at you: Leading Causes of Death for American Women

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      hlkljgk 9 years ago from Western Mass

      [in reply to spirituality] thanks for the visit, blessing and tip!

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

      I would suggest you make the title a bit more specific, to make it more likely this lens will be found by search engines.