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


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


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


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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)


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


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


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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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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 were electrocuted by power lines
correlates with
Marriage rate in Alabama


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


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


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


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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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Divorce rate in Mississippi
correlates with
Murders by bodily force


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


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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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Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation
correlates with
Number of lawyers in North Carolina


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation
Deaths (US) (CDC)
5,4275,6886,1986,4626,6357,3367,2487,4918,1618,5789,000
Number of lawyers in North Carolina
Lawyers (ABA)
14,88115,23915,67816,10516,53416,91217,30817,71718,33918,96619,637
Correlation: 0.993796

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