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US spending on science, space, and technology
correlates with
Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation



19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
US spending on science, space, and technology
Millions of todays dollars (US OMB)
18,07918,59419,75320,73420,83123,02923,59723,58425,52527,73129,449
Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation
Deaths (US) (CDC)
5,4275,6886,1986,4626,6357,3367,2487,4918,1618,5789,000
Correlation: 0.992082

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Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool
correlates with
Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in



19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool
Deaths (US) (CDC)
109102102988595969812394102
Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in
Films (IMDB)
22231123414
Correlation: 0.666004

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Per capita consumption of cheese (US)
correlates with
Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of cheese (US)
Pounds (USDA)
29.830.130.530.631.331.732.633.132.732.8
Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
Deaths (US) (CDC)
327456509497596573661741809717
Correlation: 0.947091

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Divorce rate in Maine
correlates with
Per capita consumption of margarine (US)



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Divorce rate in Maine
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
54.74.64.44.34.14.24.24.24.1
Per capita consumption of margarine (US)
Pounds (USDA)
8.276.55.35.244.64.54.23.7
Correlation: 0.992558

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Honey producing bee colonies (US)
inversely correlates with
Juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana (US)



Honey producing bee colonies (US)
Thousands of colonies (USDA)
'90: 3,220; '91: 3,211; '92: 3,045; '93: 2,875; '94: 2,783; '95: 2,655; '96: 2,581; '97: 2,631; '98: 2,637; '99: 2,652; '00: 2,622; '01: 2,550; '02: 2,574; '03: 2,599; '04: 2,554; '05: 2,409; '06: 2,394; '07: 2,443; '08: 2,342; '09: 2,498
Juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana (US)
Arrests (DEA)
'90: 20,940; '91: 16,490; '92: 25,004; '93: 37,915; '94: 61,003; '95: 82,015; '96: 87,712; '97: 94,046; '98: 91,467; '99: 89,523; '00: 95,962; '01: 97,088; '02: 85,769; '03: 87,909; '04: 87,717; '05: 88,909; '06: 95,120; '07: 97,671; '08: 93,042; '09: 90,927
Correlation: -0.933389

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Age of Miss America
correlates with
Murders by steam, hot vapours and hot objects



19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Age of Miss America
Years (Wikipedia)
2424242122212422201922
Murders by steam, hot vapours and hot objects
Deaths (US) (CDC)
77734384232
Correlation: 0.870127

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Per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese (US)
correlates with
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese (US)
Pounds (USDA)
9.39.79.79.79.910.210.51110.610.6
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
480501540552547622655701712708
Correlation: 0.958648

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People who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat
correlates with
Marriage rate in Kentucky



199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
People who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat
Deaths (US) (CDC)
191691215101172511
Marriage rate in Kentucky
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
10.99.8999.18.88.78.47.87.97.67.4
Correlation: 0.952407

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Total revenue generated by arcades (US)
correlates with
Computer science doctorates awarded (US)



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Total revenue generated by arcades (US)
Dollars in millions (US Census)
1,1961,1761,2691,2401,3071,4351,6011,6541,8031,734
Computer science doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
8618308098679481,1291,4531,6561,7871,611
Correlation: 0.985065

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Worldwide non-commercial space launches
correlates with
Sociology doctorates awarded (US)



1997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Worldwide non-commercial space launches
Launches (FAA)
54464250434146393745454154
Sociology doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
601579572617566547597580536579576601664
Correlation: 0.78915

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Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
correlates with
Total revenue generated by skiing facilities (US)



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
Deaths (US) (CDC)
327456509497596573661741809717
Total revenue generated by skiing facilities (US)
Dollars in millions (US Census)
1,5511,6351,8011,8271,9561,9892,1782,2572,4762,438
Correlation: 0.969724

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US crude oil imports from Norway
correlates with
Drivers killed in collision with railway train



19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
US crude oil imports from Norway
Millions of barrels (Dept. of Energy)
9611010312760544336201122
Drivers killed in collision with railway train
Deaths (US) (CDC)
7674768766596360555246
Correlation: 0.954509

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US crude oil imports from Venezuela
correlates with
Per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup (US)



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
US crude oil imports from Venezuela
Millions of barrels (Dept. of Energy)
446471438436473449416420381352
Per capita consumption of high fructose corn syrup (US)
Pounds (USDA)
62.662.562.860.959.859.158.256.15350.1
Correlation: 0.884883

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Per capita consumption of chicken (US)
correlates with
Total US crude oil imports



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of chicken (US)
Pounds (USDA)
54.25456.857.559.360.560.959.958.756
Total US crude oil imports
Millions of barrels (Dept. of Energy)
3,3113,4053,3363,5213,6743,6703,6853,6563,5713,307
Correlation: 0.899899

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Per capita consumption of sour cream (US)
correlates with
Motorcycle riders killed in noncollision transport accident



2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of sour cream (US)
Half-pints (USDA)
6.16.56.77.57.98.37.98.27.97.8
Motorcycle riders killed in noncollision transport accident
Deaths (US) (CDC)
35343347546344565551
Correlation: 0.916391

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Divorce rate in Mississippi
correlates with
Murders by bodily force



199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in Mississippi
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
5554.94.64.54.44.84.54.34.14.3
Murders by bodily force
Deaths (US) (CDC)
1661391421039361578962745358
Correlation: 0.890472

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Total number of Political Action Committees (US)
correlates with
People who died by falling out of their wheelchair



19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Total number of Political Action Committees (US)
PACs (Federal Election Commission)
3,8353,9073,8914,0273,8684,1844,2104,1834,2344,6114,481
People who died by falling out of their wheelchair
Deaths (US) (CDC)
169154157209274360356377392471436
Correlation: 0.915876

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Number people who drowned while in a swimming-pool
correlates with
Power generated by nuclear power plants (US)



19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number people who drowned while in a swimming-pool
Deaths (US) (CDC)
421465494538430530511600582605603
Power generated by nuclear power plants (US)
Billion kW-hours (Dept. of Energy)
728.3753.9768.8780.1763.7788.5782787.2806.4806.2798.9
Correlation: 0.901179

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Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines
correlates with
Marriage rate in Alabama



199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines
Deaths (US) (CDC)
127998310996941059388847163
Marriage rate in Alabama
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
10.810.19.49.99.69.49.29.28.98.68.38.2
Correlation: 0.903602

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