Harvard “statistical provocateur” Tyler Vigen created the website Spurious Correlations to help users discover interesting, curious correlations between seemingly unrelated sets of data.
As a prelude: Tyler states on his website that his charts aren’t meant to imply causation. The following is a literal take on several of our most curious discoveries using the Spurious Correlation tool, under a lens of unnecessary suspicion.
1. The more money arcades make, the more people die from falling out of their beds.
Everything is coming together, now. More arcade revenue means more people playing games, meaning more people having fatal nightmares about Mortal Combat. We should have realized.
2. The less high fructose corn syrup is consumed per capita, the less people are getting married in Alabama.
This troubling data suggests marriage is caused by high fructose corn syrup. It looks like Alabama couples are finally wising up by ditching the love drug, but for many, it may be too late.
3. The more power US power plants generates, the more people die tangled in their bedsheets.
A solid case for ending nuclear power in America. Until that time, bedsheets remain a threat.
3. As divorce rates go down in Nebraska, so do US crude imports from Norway.
We had no idea Nebraska couples felt so strongly about importing oil from Norway. So strongly, in fact, that they are compelled to stay together the less oil is imported. A shocking revelation on the nature of marriage, oil, and US/Norway relations.
4. The more female editors are on Harvard Law Review, the more female Pennsylvanians are tripping or falling to their death.
Just look at these chillingly close figures. Females should clearly not be editors on the Harvard Law Review, and Pennsylvania women really must be educated on these figures before risking ice and steep staircases.
5. The more money is spent on pets, the more lawyers emerge in California.
The chart says it all. Either all CA lawyers are spoiling their pets, or pets are becoming lawyers and getting paid very well. We’re surprised more people aren’t talking about this revelation.
6. As honey producing bee colonies decline, juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana increase.
A curious correlation indeed. Is the lack of available honey driving youth to marijuana?
7. As bowling alley revenue evens out, so does sour cream consumption.
We all suspected bowling alleys made money chiefly off their sour cream sales, but the closeness of this correlation suggests the relationship is even more intimate than we could ever dream.
8. The number of deaths by spider correlates with the amount of letters in winning spelling bee words.
A conspiracy if we’ve ever seen one.
9. The more movies Nicholas Cage appears in, the more people experience death by swimming pool.
This shocking correlation serves as proof at long last that Nicolas Cage movies are just as physically devastating as they are annoying as heck.
To discover more “spurious correlations,” visit http://www.tylervigen.com and tweet the best ones @Curiousmatic.