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Marriage rate in California
inversely correlates with
Divorce rate in D.C.


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1999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Marriage rate in California
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
5.86.56.26.16.46.46.36.26.75.85.85.81
Divorce rate in D.C.
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.63.22.92.421.822.11.72.72.72.82.9
Correlation: -0.310381

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Divorce rate in Wisconsin
inversely correlates with
Precipitation in South Carolina


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1999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Divorce rate in Wisconsin
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.23.23.23.23.132.932.932.932.9
Precipitation in South Carolina
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.062.882.43.283.953.163.493.22.423.223.643.052.82
Correlation: -0.118225

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Divorce rate in Ohio
inversely correlates with
Total number of Political Action Committees (US)


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Divorce rate in Ohio
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.94.2443.73.63.53.53.43.33.3
Total number of Political Action Committees (US)
PACs (Federal Election Commission)
3,8353,9073,8914,0273,8684,1844,2104,1834,2344,6114,481
Correlation: -0.845784

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Divorce rate in Ohio
inversely correlates with
Per capita consumption of swiss cheese (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Divorce rate in Ohio
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
4.2443.73.63.53.53.43.33.3
Per capita consumption of swiss cheese (US)
Pounds (USDA)
11.21.11.21.21.31.31.31.11.2
Correlation: -0.581386

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Divorce rate in Ohio
correlates with
Deaths during surgical operations with implant of artificial internal device


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in Ohio
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.94.2443.73.63.53.53.43.33.33.4
Deaths during surgical operations with implant of artificial internal device
Deaths (US) (CDC)
291293326311347329303290291299324279
Correlation: 0.119713

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Sunlight in Colorado
correlates with
Amount of coffee that the average American consumed


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Sunlight in Colorado
Sunlight (KJ/sq.m) (CDC)
17442.6517530.7817674.9417427.4917271.8217341.2917476.5617497.5117440.6617176.05
Amount of coffee that the average American consumed
Gallons of coffee (USDA)
421387378388395388391393388373
Correlation: 0.0685996

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Divorce rate in Ohio
correlates with
Drivers of special construction vehicles killed


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in Ohio
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.94.2443.73.63.53.53.43.33.33.4
Drivers of special construction vehicles killed
Deaths (US) (CDC)
1310513812121210659
Correlation: 0.262538

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Imported passenger cars sold (US)
correlates with
Accidental poisonings by organic solvents and halogenated hydrocarbons and their vapours


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Imported passenger cars sold (US)
Thousands of cars (BTS)
1,7192,0162,0982,2262,0832,1492,1872,3452,3652,2781,837
Accidental poisonings by organic solvents and halogenated hydrocarbons and their vapours
Deaths (US) (CDC)
6338635160676171778054
Correlation: 0.494224

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Runs Scored by Winning Team in World Series
correlates with
US Uranium production


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Runs Scored by Winning Team in World Series
Runs (Wikipedia)
'75: 29; '76: 22; '77: 26; '78: 36; '79: 32; '80: 27; '81: 27; '82: 39; '83: 18; '84: 23; '85: 28; '86: 32; '87: 38; '88: 21; '89: 32; '90: 22; '91: 24; '92: 17; '93: 39; '94: ; '95: 23; '96: 18; '97: 37; '98: 26; '99: 21; '00: 19; '01: 37; '02: 41; '03: 17; '04: 24; '05: 20; '06: 22; '07: 29; '08: 24
US Uranium production
Millions of pounds (Dept. of Energy)
'75: 23.2; '76: 25.49; '77: 29.88; '78: 36.97; '79: 37.47; '80: 43.7; '81: 38.47; '82: 26.87; '83: 21.16; '84: 14.88; '85: 11.31; '86: 13.51; '87: 12.99; '88: 13.13; '89: 13.84; '90: 8.89; '91: 7.95; '92: 5.65; '93: 3.06; '94: 3.35; '95: 6.04; '96: 6.32; '97: 5.64; '98: 4.71; '99: 4.61; '00: 3.96; '01: 2.64; '02: 2.34; '03: 2; '04: 2.28; '05: 2.69; '06: 4.11; '07: 4.53; '08: 3.9
Correlation: 0.228062

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Per capita consumption of swiss cheese (US)
inversely correlates with
Number of farms (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of swiss cheese (US)
Pounds (USDA)
11.21.11.21.21.31.31.31.11.2
Number of farms (US)
Farms (USDA)
2,1672,1492,1352,1272,1132,0992,0892,2052,2002,200
Correlation: -0.330636

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Murders using a handgun
correlates with
Age of Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Winner


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Murders using a handgun
Deaths (US) (CDC)
1,0821,0681,0141,0241,0111,0111,0749979769611,013899
Age of Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Winner
Years (Wikipedia)
706734525145674472382953
Correlation: 0.362237

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Precipitation in Ouray County, CO
correlates with
Online revenue on Thanksgiving


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200820092010
Precipitation in Ouray County, CO
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
1.181.121.42
Online revenue on Thanksgiving
Millions of dollars ()
288318407
Correlation: 0.906899

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Precipitation in Baltimore County, MD
correlates with
Cost for 16oz of potato chips(unadjusted)


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1999200020012002200320042005
Precipitation in Baltimore County, MD
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.092.732.233.114.423.733.5
Cost for 16oz of potato chips(unadjusted)
Dollars per pound (Bureau of Labor)
3.353.463.413.654.484.654.74
Correlation: 0.783052

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UK citizens who immigrated to the US
correlates with
Motorcycle riders killed in collision with stationary object


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2003200420052006200720082009
UK citizens who immigrated to the US
Immigrants (Dept. Homeland Sec.)
9,52714,91519,80017,20714,54514,34815,748
Motorcycle riders killed in collision with stationary object
Deaths (US) (CDC)
37574746454035
Correlation: 0.370752

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Visitors to Disneyland Paris
inversely correlates with
Lawyers in Tennessee


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200720082009201020112012
Visitors to Disneyland Paris
Millions (TEA)
1212.68812.7410.510.9911.2
Lawyers in Tennessee
Lawyers (ABA)
14,86715,19915,85516,36516,63016,947
Correlation: -0.690962

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Divorce rate in Alabama
inversely correlates with
Number of farms (US)


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Divorce rate in Alabama
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
5.75.55.45.45.24.94.94.94.54.34.4
Number of farms (US)
Farms (USDA)
2,1872,1672,1492,1352,1272,1132,0992,0892,2052,2002,200
Correlation: -0.270867

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Sunlight in Alabama
correlates with
Precipitation in Harrison County, IA


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Sunlight in Alabama
Sunlight (KJ/sq.m) (CDC)
17616.917887.616980.4916721.7317057.4216983.0417207.2117798.0417761.6117567.2417040.8617564.43
Precipitation in Harrison County, IA
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.231.391.891.791.71.971.752.042.742.472.312.58
Correlation: 0.285451

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Precipitation in D.C., DC
inversely correlates with
Amount of coffee that the average American consumed


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Precipitation in D.C., DC
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.712.412.914.482.773.23.252.383.333.52
Amount of coffee that the average American consumed
Gallons of coffee (USDA)
421387378388395388391393388373
Correlation: -0.31007

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Precipitation in D.C., DC
correlates with
Precipitation in Massachusetts


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Precipitation in D.C., DC
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.942.712.412.914.482.773.23.252.383.333.522.93
Precipitation in Massachusetts
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.933.232.433.083.613.263.943.683.064.33.643.44
Correlation: 0.598612

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Precipitation in Lubbock County, TX
inversely correlates with
Females in Texas who slipped or tripped to their death


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19992000200120022003200420052006200820092010
Precipitation in Lubbock County, TX
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
1.521.351.111.360.742.331.191.321.621.041.92
Females in Texas who slipped or tripped to their death
Deaths (US) (CDC)
2312211420121719271713
Correlation: -0.322881

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