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Number of people killed by fireworks
inversely correlates with
Lawyers in Utah


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number of people killed by fireworks
Deaths (US) (CDC)
75651124810641
Lawyers in Utah
Lawyers (ABA)
4,8914,9675,0875,3625,3685,9195,7606,0416,9846,2156,5686,778
Correlation: -0.142981

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Divorce rate in South Carolina
inversely correlates with
Cost for 16oz of potato chips (unadjusted)


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1999200020012002200320042005
Divorce rate in South Carolina
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.83.83.63.43.33.22.9
Cost for 16oz of potato chips (unadjusted)
Dollars per pound (Bureau of Labor)
3.353.463.413.654.484.654.74
Correlation: -0.910053

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Visitors to Disney Worlds Epcot
inversely correlates with
Visitors to Disneyland (Anaheim)


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200720082009201020112012
Visitors to Disney Worlds Epcot
Millions (TEA)
10.9310.93510.9910.82510.82511.063
Visitors to Disneyland (Anaheim)
Millions (TEA)
14.8714.72115.915.9816.1415.963
Correlation: -0.119194

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Precipitation in Harris County, TX
correlates with
Lawyers in Texas


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Precipitation in Harris County, TX
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.222.843.933.863.294.532.583.894.283.543.472.85
Lawyers in Texas
Lawyers (ABA)
58,71360,04764,46162,42564,59365,98369,40569,76270,84273,50575,08777,049
Correlation: 0.168818

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Murders by bodily force
inversely correlates with
Lawyers in South Carolina


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Murders by bodily force
Deaths (US) (CDC)
1661391421039361578962745358
Lawyers in South Carolina
Lawyers (ABA)
7,4427,6457,5057,6157,5717,3558,3608,8238,4118,9619,0599,264
Correlation: -0.637767

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


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1999200020012002200320042005
Precipitation in Haywood County, NC
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.052.8633.224.073.873.53
Cost for 16oz of potato chips (unadjusted)
Dollars per pound (Bureau of Labor)
3.353.463.413.654.484.654.74
Correlation: 0.877131

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Precipitation in Haywood County, NC
correlates with
Visitors to Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom


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2007200820092010
Precipitation in Haywood County, NC
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
2.32.834.353.2
Visitors to Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom
Millions (TEA)
17.0617.06317.23316.972
Correlation: 0.704444

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Precipitation in North Carolina
correlates with
Precipitation in Haywood County, NC


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Precipitation in North Carolina
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.432.992.623.274.323.353.33.632.343.193.73.21
Precipitation in Haywood County, NC
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.052.8633.224.073.873.533.572.32.834.353.2
Correlation: 0.81987

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Murders by rifle, shotgun and larger firearm
correlates with
Precipitation in Mississippi


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Murders by rifle, shotgun and larger firearm
Deaths (US) (CDC)
693694758744687714765768682664640576
Precipitation in Mississippi
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.152.994.354.5244.523.483.662.874.24.83.15
Correlation: 0.174086

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Divorce rate in North Carolina
correlates with
Domestically produced passenger cars sold (US)


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Divorce rate in North Carolina
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
4.64.54.64.44.24.24.1443.83.8
Domestically produced passenger cars sold (US)
Thousands of cars (BTS)
6,9796,8316,3255,8785,5275,3965,5335,4765,2534,5353,619
Correlation: 0.916299

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People who died by falling from a ladder
inversely correlates with
Games in Stanley Cup Championship


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
People who died by falling from a ladder
Deaths (US) (CDC)
320355376360365344425401366380415404
Games in Stanley Cup Championship
Games (Wikipedia)
66757775676
Correlation: -0.372552

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Total revenue generated by skiing facilities (US)
inversely correlates with
Goals Scored by Winning Team in Stanley Cup Finals


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Total revenue generated by skiing facilities (US)
Dollars in millions (US Census)
1,5511,6351,8011,8271,9561,9892,1782,2572,4762,438
Goals Scored by Winning Team in Stanley Cup Finals
Goals (Wikipedia)
151914191319161714
Correlation: -0.0107744

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Number of people killed by misusing a lawnmower
correlates with
Precipitation in Nebraska


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number of people killed by misusing a lawnmower
Deaths (US) (CDC)
232745535361576559438473
Precipitation in Nebraska
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
1.771.511.751.161.461.621.741.582.111.971.821.93
Correlation: 0.174285

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Sunlight in Massachusetts
correlates with
Money spent on admission to spectator sports (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Sunlight in Massachusetts
Sunlight (KJ/sq.m) (CDC)
14328.3615441.6614853.2414494.6414901.4715045.2914731.4615315.4215205.3314746.04
Money spent on admission to spectator sports (US)
Billions of dollars (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
11.612.213.514.515.516.317.819.520.520.7
Correlation: 0.283939

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Precipitation in Alabama
correlates with
Motorcycle riders killed in collision with pedestrian or animal


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Precipitation in Alabama
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.352.73.883.874.123.893.793.252.433.865.083.29
Motorcycle riders killed in collision with pedestrian or animal
Deaths (US) (CDC)
5465736668814
Correlation: 0.107675

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Females in Washington who slipped or tripped to their death
correlates with
Precipitation in Mississippi


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Females in Washington who slipped or tripped to their death
Deaths (US) (CDC)
142820282924292225302929
Precipitation in Mississippi
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
3.152.994.354.5244.523.483.662.874.24.83.15
Correlation: 0.18565

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Number people who drowned while in a bath-tub
inversely correlates with
Lawyers in New Jersey


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number people who drowned while in a bath-tub
Deaths (US) (CDC)
290317291321304368315381365388405401
Lawyers in New Jersey
Lawyers (ABA)
53,12554,58155,68736,78536,86037,17238,10438,46639,01939,38440,06040,286
Correlation: -0.535203

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Precipitation in Colorado
correlates with
Point Difference in Super Bowl


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Precipitation in Colorado
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
'79: 1.31; '80: 1.22; '81: 1.29; '82: 1.32; '83: 1.5; '84: 1.38; '85: 1.4; '86: 1.34; '87: 1.28; '88: 1.12; '89: 1; '90: 1.35; '91: 1.27; '92: 1.29; '93: 1.36; '94: 1.18; '95: 1.53; '96: 1.39; '97: 1.53; '98: 1.31; '99: 1.37; '00: 1.22; '01: 1.19; '02: 0.88; '03: 1.26; '04: 1.43; '05: 1.4; '06: 1.37; '07: 1.36; '08: 1.17; '09: 1.32; '10: 1.28; '11: 1.22
Point Difference in Super Bowl
Points (Wikipedia)
'79: 4; '80: 12; '81: 17; '82: 5; '83: 10; '84: 29; '85: 22; '86: 36; '87: 19; '88: 32; '89: 4; '90: 45; '91: 1; '92: 13; '93: 35; '94: 17; '95: 23; '96: 10; '97: 14; '98: 7; '99: 15; '00: 7; '01: 27; '02: 3; '03: 27; '04: 3; '05: 3; '06: 11; '07: 12; '08: 3; '09: 4; '10: 14; '11: 6
Correlation: 0.170742

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Total ABA Lawyers Nationally
correlates with
Number people who drowned while in natural water


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Total ABA Lawyers Nationally
Lawyers (ABA)
1,000,4401,022,4621,048,9031,049,7511,058,6621,084,5041,104,7661,116,9671,143,3581,162,1241,180,3861,203,097
Number people who drowned while in natural water
Deaths (US) (CDC)
9499008451,0829891,1111,3241,3251,3551,3831,3501,537
Correlation: 0.926599

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Total revenue generated by bowling alleys (US)
inversely correlates with
Parachutist killed in air transport accident


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Total revenue generated by bowling alleys (US)
Dollars in millions (US Census)
2,7622,8823,0753,2343,3793,2323,0943,4033,3383,114
Parachutist killed in air transport accident
Deaths (US) (CDC)
25232422162018142817
Correlation: -0.427019

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