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Worldwide revenue from space laucnhes
correlates with
Deaths caused by exposure to excessive natural cold


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Worldwide revenue from space laucnhes
Millions of dollars (FAA)
2,2942,7291,4621,9581,2321,0151,1901,4241,5481,9712,410
Deaths caused by exposure to excessive natural cold
Deaths (US) (CDC)
598742599646620676700519711641616
Correlation: 0.14204

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Number of farm (US)
correlates with
People who died by falling out of their chair


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number of farm (US)
Farms (USDA)
2,1872,1672,1492,1352,1272,1132,0992,0892,2052,2002,2002,201
People who died by falling out of their chair
Deaths (US) (CDC)
178162181201201189216193217217208218
Correlation: 0.203929

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Computer science doctorates awarded (US)
inversely correlates with
Divorce rate in Alaska


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Computer science doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
8568618308098679481,1291,4531,6561,7871,611
Divorce rate in Alaska
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
53.94.34.63.94.34.34.24.34.44.4
Correlation: -0.00350189

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Computer science doctorates awarded (US)
correlates with
Electrical engineering doctorates awarded (US)


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19961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Computer science doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
9209099278568618308098679481,1291,4531,6561,7871,611
Electrical engineering doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
1,7411,7201,5951,4781,3301,3461,2111,2381,3891,5471,7861,9681,8871,694
Correlation: 0.779097

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Divorce rate in New Jersey
correlates with
Deaths caused by flood


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in New Jersey
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
333.43.43.232.93332.73
Deaths caused by flood
Deaths (US) (CDC)
155359262212102271539
Correlation: 0.262843

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Number of people killed by an exploding pressurized tyre, pipe or hose
inversely correlates with
Honey produced in bee colonies in the US


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number of people killed by an exploding pressurized tyre, pipe or hose
Deaths (US) (CDC)
141212101191317171010
Honey produced in bee colonies in the US
Thousands of pounds (USDA)
203,068220,286186,051171,718181,724183,494174,614154,910148,341163,789146,416
Correlation: -0.202375

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Drownings caused by an accident involving a fishing boat
inversely correlates with
Pedestrians killed in collision with railway train


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Drownings caused by an accident involving a fishing boat
Deaths (US) (CDC)
23152213199991013712
Pedestrians killed in collision with railway train
Deaths (US) (CDC)
7455695273837365761178795
Correlation: -0.196239

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Precipitation in Stillwater County, MT
correlates with
Online revenue on Thanksgiving


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200820092010
Precipitation in Stillwater County, MT
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
1.371.381.47
Online revenue on Thanksgiving
Millions of dollars ()
288318407
Correlation: 0.988181

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Marriage rate in Washington
inversely correlates with
Suicides by alcohol


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Marriage rate in Washington
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
7.26.976.56.56.56.56.56.46.366
Suicides by alcohol
Deaths (US) (CDC)
242126263435352747445035
Correlation: -0.744842

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Bicyclists killed in collision with stationary object
correlates with
Number of people killed by venomous snakes and lizards


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Bicyclists killed in collision with stationary object
Deaths (US) (CDC)
24753488691211
Number of people killed by venomous snakes and lizards
Deaths (US) (CDC)
7127326787459
Correlation: 0.0648001

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Female Editors on Harvard Law Review
correlates with
Deaths due to cancer on Thursdays


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200520062007200820092010201120122013
Female Editors on Harvard Law Review
Women (Harvard Crimson)
9141912191312169
Deaths due to cancer on Thursdays
Cancer Deaths (CDC)
82,10982,51682,66383,16684,97884,74284,66085,20885,612
Correlation: 0.0377159

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Marriage rate in Alaska
inversely correlates with
Precipitation in Massachusetts


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1999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Marriage rate in Alaska
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
8.68.98.18.38.18.58.28.28.58.47.887.8
Precipitation in Massachusetts
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.933.232.433.083.613.263.943.683.064.33.643.444.18
Correlation: -0.339838

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Marriage rate in Alaska
inversely correlates with
Per capita consumption of sour cream (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Marriage rate in Alaska
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
8.98.18.38.18.58.28.28.58.47.8
Per capita consumption of sour cream (US)
Half-pints (USDA)
6.16.56.77.57.98.37.98.27.97.8
Correlation: -0.315787

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Divorce rate in Michigan
correlates with
Deaths during heart catheterization


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in Michigan
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.83.93.93.83.53.53.43.53.43.43.33.5
Deaths during heart catheterization
Deaths (US) (CDC)
667591657614
Correlation: 0.304417

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Precipitation in Texas
inversely correlates with
Juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana (US)


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Precipitation in Texas
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
'90: 2.12; '91: 2.53; '92: 2.34; '93: 1.89; '94: 2.04; '95: 1.94; '96: 1.75; '97: 2.31; '98: 1.88; '99: 1.49; '00: 1.82; '01: 1.9; '02: 2.23; '03: 1.75; '04: 2.83; '05: 1.58; '06: 1.78; '07: 2.52; '08: 1.85; '09: 1.99
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: -0.31432

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Divorce rate in Michigan
inversely correlates with
Money spent on live entertainment, excluding sports (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Divorce rate in Michigan
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.93.93.83.53.53.43.53.43.43.3
Money spent on live entertainment, excluding sports (US)
Billions of dollars (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
10.411.111.912.713.213.814.91515.414.5
Correlation: -0.900125

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Precipitation in Ingham County, MI
correlates with
Math doctorates awarded (US)


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Precipitation in Ingham County, MI
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.582.562.61.862.092.492.12.82.262.562.59
Math doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
1,0831,0501,0109199931,0761,2051,3251,3931,3991,554
Correlation: 0.412503

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Labor Political Action Committees (US)
correlates with
Visitors to Disneyland (Anaheim)


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200720082009
Labor Political Action Committees (US)
PACs (Federal Election Commission)
273272275
Visitors to Disneyland (Anaheim)
Millions (TEA)
14.8714.72115.9
Correlation: 0.976511

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US crude oil imports from Nigeria
correlates with
Staples: sales in billions


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2010
US crude oil imports from Nigeria
Millions of barrels (Dept. of Energy)
360
Staples: sales in billions
Sales in billions ()
7.74
Correlation: 0

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Marriage rate in Alabama
inversely correlates with
Precipitation in New York


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1999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Marriage rate in Alabama
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
10.810.19.49.99.69.49.29.28.98.68.38.28.4
Precipitation in New York
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.673.182.33.043.393.213.33.453.063.462.933.073.84
Correlation: -0.372434

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