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Letters in Winning Word of Scripps National Spelling Bee
correlates with
Number of people killed by venomous spiders


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Letters in Winning Word of Scripps National Spelling Bee
Letters (Scripps)
9811121113129979
Number of people killed by venomous spiders
Deaths (US) (CDC)
65510814104856
Correlation: 0.8057

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


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

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Marriage rate in New York
correlates with
Murders by blunt object


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Marriage rate in New York
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
7.37.17.67.36.86.86.86.96.86.66.56.5
Murders by blunt object
Deaths (US) (CDC)
242210199184129102152115111957965
Correlation: 0.879854

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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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Math doctorates awarded (US)
correlates with
Uranium stored at US nuclear power plants


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1996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Math doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
1,1221,1231,1771,0831,0501,0109199931,0761,2051,3251,3931,399
Uranium stored at US nuclear power plants
Millions of pounds (Dept. of Energy)
66.165.965.858.354.855.653.545.657.764.777.581.281.9
Correlation: 0.952257

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Honey producing bee colonies (US)
correlates with
Marriage rate in Vermont


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Honey producing bee colonies (US)
Thousands of colonies (USDA)
2,6522,6222,5502,5742,5992,5542,4092,3942,4432,3422,498
Marriage rate in Vermont
Marriages per 1000 people (US Census)
10109.89.89.79.48.98.68.57.98.7
Correlation: 0.937689

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Honey producing bee colonies (US)
correlates with
Divorce rate in South Carolina


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Honey producing bee colonies (US)
Thousands of colonies (USDA)
2,6522,6222,5502,5742,5992,5542,4092,3942,4432,3422,498
Divorce rate in South Carolina
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.83.83.63.43.33.22.92.932.83
Correlation: 0.903906

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Works of visual art copyrighted (US)
inversely correlates with
Females in New York who slipped or tripped to their death


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199920012002200320052006200720082009
Works of visual art copyrighted (US)
Works copyrighted (Library of Congress)
93.699.979.993.482.590.789.242.175.2
Females in New York who slipped or tripped to their death
Deaths (US) (CDC)
111012101111101611
Correlation: -0.939788

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Sociology doctorates awarded (US)
correlates with
Deaths caused by anticoagulants


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Sociology doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
572617566547597580536579576601664
Deaths caused by anticoagulants
Deaths (US) (CDC)
1739392744462942475278
Correlation: 0.811086

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Number of people who tripped over their own two feet and died
correlates with
Number of lawyers in Nevada


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number of people who tripped over their own two feet and died
Deaths (US) (CDC)
611565564646597584698687691729788
Number of lawyers in Nevada
Lawyers (ABA)
5,0984,2574,4474,6404,5875,0915,5175,5805,9096,1056,395
Correlation: 0.920781

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Pedestrians killed in collision with railway train
correlates with
Precipitation in Howard County, MO


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Pedestrians killed in collision with railway train
Deaths (US) (CDC)
7455695273837365761178795
Precipitation in Howard County, MO
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.492.122.542.472.642.832.62.42.453.973.383.48
Correlation: 0.92783

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Per capita consumption of eggs (US)
correlates with
Drivers killed in noncollision transport accident


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of eggs (US)
Eggs (USDA)
251252255255257256258250247246.1
Drivers killed in noncollision transport accident
Deaths (US) (CDC)
1,4301,4611,7261,6031,5151,5411,6001,4131,1361,119
Correlation: 0.884999

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Deaths caused by X-ray contrast media
correlates with
Bicyclists killed in collision with two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Deaths caused by X-ray contrast media
Deaths (US) (CDC)
97966713717121016
Bicyclists killed in collision with two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle
Deaths (US) (CDC)
312122315415
Correlation: 0.880518

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Juvenile drug arrests (US)
correlates with
Number of kids killed by their parent


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Juvenile drug arrests (US)
Arrests (DEA)
138,774146,594146,758133,557134,746135,056137,809145,153143,270134,661130,317
Number of kids killed by their parent
Deaths (US) (CDC)
7111037465826
Correlation: 0.685629

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Bicyclists killed in collision with stationary object
correlates with
People who died by falling from a ladder


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Bicyclists killed in collision with stationary object
Deaths (US) (CDC)
24753488691211
People who died by falling from a ladder
Deaths (US) (CDC)
320355376360365344425401366380415404
Correlation: 0.857363

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Murders by pushing from high place
correlates with
Precipitation in Tuscola County, MI


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Murders by pushing from high place
Deaths (US) (CDC)
171817161517181915201812
Precipitation in Tuscola County, MI
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.072.472.192.032.12.322.222.862.042.632.321.86
Correlation: 0.837319

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Money spent on movie theater admission (US)
correlates with
Precipitation in Pennsylvania


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Money spent on movie theater admission (US)
Billions of dollars (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
8.699.69.99.99.19.49.69.710.4
Precipitation in Pennsylvania
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.72.32.943.673.652.913.212.913.252.85
Correlation: 0.539212

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UK citizens who immigrated to the US
correlates with
US Uranium exports


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200320042005200620072008
UK citizens who immigrated to the US
Immigrants (Dept. Homeland Sec.)
9,52714,91519,80017,20714,54514,348
US Uranium exports
Millions of pounds (Dept. of Energy)
13.213.220.518.714.817.2
Correlation: 0.827996

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Divorce rate in Florida
correlates with
Murders by crashing of motor vehicle


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in Florida
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
5.15.15.25.154.74.64.74.64.34.24.4
Murders by crashing of motor vehicle
Deaths (US) (CDC)
10610686605151383830376039
Correlation: 0.67613

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People who died by falling out of their bed
correlates with
Lawyers in Puerto Rico


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
People who died by falling out of their bed
Deaths (US) (CDC)
400450516551594503621626690737780718
Lawyers in Puerto Rico
Lawyers (ABA)
9,89210,19511,07110,94711,20911,19111,80511,76712,14212,45413,07113,282
Correlation: 0.957087

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