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Per capita consumption of cheese (US)
correlates with
Total revenue generated by golf courses (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of cheese (US)
Pounds (USDA)
29.830.130.530.631.331.732.633.132.732.8
Total revenue generated by golf courses (US)
Dollars in millions (US Census)
16,69216,86217,53317,29118,46919,35620,52321,19521,04420,326
Correlation: 0.989705

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Number of people who died by being hit by sports equipment
correlates with
Online revenue on Thanksgiving


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200820092010
Number of people who died by being hit by sports equipment
Deaths (US) (CDC)
121318
Online revenue on Thanksgiving
Millions of dollars ()
288318407
Correlation: 0.996075

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Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
correlates with
Number of lawyers in Georgia


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
Deaths (US) (CDC)
330327456509497596573661741809717
Number of lawyers in Georgia
Lawyers (ABA)
21,26821,36222,25423,13423,69824,36724,93025,63226,45927,22727,457
Correlation: 0.974482

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Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
correlates with
People who died by falling out of their bed


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
Deaths (US) (CDC)
330327456509497596573661741809717684
People who died by falling out of their bed
Deaths (US) (CDC)
400450516551594503621626690737780718
Correlation: 0.907432

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Divorce rate in Texas
correlates with
Number of lawyers in the Northern Mariana Islands


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2006200720082009
Divorce rate in Texas
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
3.43.33.33.3
Number of lawyers in the Northern Mariana Islands
Lawyers (ABA)
156128127128
Correlation: 0.999447

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Money spent on pets (US)
correlates with
Lawyers in California


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Money spent on pets (US)
Billions of dollars (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
39.741.944.646.849.853.156.961.865.767.1
Lawyers in California
Lawyers (ABA)
128,553131,139132,452134,468136,571139,371141,030145,355148,399149,982
Correlation: 0.998386

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People who literally worked themselves to death
correlates with
Per capita consumption of eggs (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
People who literally worked themselves to death
Deaths (US) (CDC)
13810141211139710
Per capita consumption of eggs (US)
Eggs (USDA)
251252255255257256258250247246.1
Correlation: 0.614621

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Divorce rate in Maine
correlates with
Per capita conpumption of margarine


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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 conpumption of margarine
Pounds (USDA)
8.276.55.35.244.64.54.23.7
Correlation: 0.992558

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Precipitation in New York
correlates with
Precipitation in Vermont


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Precipitation in New York
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
'79: 3.03; '80: 2.53; '81: 2.79; '82: 2.59; '83: 3.19; '84: 2.95; '85: 2.7; '86: 3.12; '87: 2.76; '88: 2.5; '89: 2.99; '90: 3.49; '91: 2.59; '92: 2.98; '93: 2.86; '94: 2.89; '95: 2.54; '96: 3.51; '97: 2.69; '98: 2.85; '99: 2.67; '00: 3.18; '01: 2.3; '02: 3.04; '03: 3.39; '04: 3.21; '05: 3.3; '06: 3.45; '07: 3.06; '08: 3.46; '09: 2.93; '10: 3.07; '11: 3.84
Precipitation in Vermont
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
'79: 3.01; '80: 2.46; '81: 3.3; '82: 2.59; '83: 3.77; '84: 3.02; '85: 2.69; '86: 3.18; '87: 2.89; '88: 2.61; '89: 3.14; '90: 3.79; '91: 2.87; '92: 2.7; '93: 2.91; '94: 2.95; '95: 2.93; '96: 3.76; '97: 2.92; '98: 3.35; '99: 2.92; '00: 3.33; '01: 2.29; '02: 3.26; '03: 3.46; '04: 2.94; '05: 3.62; '06: 3.68; '07: 3.19; '08: 3.88; '09: 3.12; '10: 3.38; '11: 3.98
Correlation: 0.889889

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Divorce rate in Alabama
inversely correlates with
Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Divorce rate in Alabama
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
5.75.55.45.45.24.94.94.94.54.34.44.4
Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation
Deaths (US) (CDC)
5,4275,6886,1986,4626,6357,3367,2487,4918,1618,5789,0009,493
Correlation: -0.96972

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People who starved to death in the US
correlates with
Per capita consumption of margarine (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
People who starved to death in the US
Deaths (US) (CDC)
12087783126172282314
Per capita consumption of margarine (US)
Pounds (USDA)
8.276.55.35.244.64.54.23.7
Correlation: 0.967032

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Money spent on pets (US)
correlates with
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Money spent on pets (US)
Billions of dollars (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
39.741.944.646.849.853.156.961.865.767.1
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
480501540552547622655701712708
Correlation: 0.983038

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Per capita consumption of whole milk (US)
correlates with
Divorce rate in Washington


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Per capita consumption of whole milk (US)
Gallons (USDA)
7.77.47.37.276.66.56.15.95.7
Divorce rate in Washington
Divorces per 1000 people (US Census)
4.64.54.64.44.34.34.143.93.9
Correlation: 0.9709

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Money spent on pets (US)
correlates with
Number of lawyers in California


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Money spent on pets (US)
Billions of dollars (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
39.741.944.646.849.853.156.961.865.767.1
Number of lawyers in California
Lawyers (ABA)
128,553131,139132,452134,468136,571139,371141,030145,355148,399149,982
Correlation: 0.998386

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Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in
correlates with
Precipitation in Delaware


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Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in
Films (IMDB)
'81: 1; '82: 1; '83: 2; '84: 3; '85: ; '86: 2; '87: 2; '88: 1; '89: 2; '90: 3; '91: 1; '92: 1; '93: 3; '94: 3; '95: 2; '96: 1; '97: 2; '98: 2; '99: 2; '00: 2; '01: 2; '02: 3; '03: 1; '04: 1; '05: 2; '06: 3; '07: 4; '08: 1; '09: 4
Precipitation in Delaware
Avg Daily Precipitation (mm) (CDC)
'81: 2.6; '82: 2.8; '83: 3.8; '84: 3.08; '85: 2.74; '86: 2.61; '87: 2.5; '88: 2.72; '89: 3.93; '90: 3.11; '91: 2.86; '92: 2.86; '93: 3.13; '94: 3.37; '95: 2.7; '96: 4.03; '97: 2.78; '98: 2.89; '99: 3.2; '00: 3.13; '01: 2.63; '02: 3.12; '03: 4.17; '04: 3.12; '05: 3.19; '06: 3.21; '07: 2.48; '08: 2.89; '09: 3.83
Correlation: 0.0931624

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Number of people who tripped over their own two feet and died
correlates with
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)


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19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Number of people who tripped over their own two feet and died
Deaths (US) (CDC)
611565564646597584698687691729788
Civil engineering doctorates awarded (US)
Degrees awarded (National Science Foundation)
584480501540552547622655701712708
Correlation: 0.913963

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Deaths caused by exposure to ignition or melting of nightwear
inversely correlates with
Visitors to Universal Orlandos Universal Studios


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2007200820092010
Deaths caused by exposure to ignition or melting of nightwear
Deaths (US) (CDC)
3454
Visitors to Universal Orlandos Universal Studios
Millions (TEA)
6.26.2315.535.925
Correlation: -0.841936

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Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines
correlates with
Deaths caused by lightning


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199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines
Deaths (US) (CDC)
127998310996941059388847163
Deaths caused by lightning
Deaths (US) (CDC)
645044664746484746293129
Correlation: 0.896526

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Total US crude oil imports
correlates with
US Uranium imports


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Total US crude oil imports
Millions of barrels (Dept. of Energy)
'79: 2,379; '80: 1,921; '81: 1,605; '82: 1,273; '83: 1,215; '84: 1,250; '85: 1,168; '86: 1,525; '87: 1,706; '88: 1,864; '89: 2,133; '90: 2,151; '91: 2,110; '92: 2,220; '93: 2,477; '94: 2,578; '95: 2,639; '96: 2,740; '97: 3,002; '98: 3,178; '99: 3,187; '00: 3,311; '01: 3,405; '02: 3,336; '03: 3,521; '04: 3,674; '05: 3,670; '06: 3,685; '07: 3,656; '08: 3,571
US Uranium imports
Millions of pounds (Dept. of Energy)
'79: 3; '80: 3.6; '81: 6.6; '82: 17.1; '83: 8.2; '84: 12.5; '85: 11.7; '86: 13.5; '87: 15.1; '88: 15.8; '89: 13.1; '90: 23.7; '91: 16.3; '92: 23.3; '93: 21; '94: 36.6; '95: 41.3; '96: 45.4; '97: 43; '98: 43.7; '99: 47.6; '00: 44.9; '01: 46.7; '02: 52.7; '03: 53; '04: 66.1; '05: 65.5; '06: 64.8; '07: 54.1; '08: 57.1
Correlation: 0.916673

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Average honey produced per bee colony (US)
inversely correlates with
Per capita consumption of cheddar cheese (US)


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2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Average honey produced per bee colony (US)
Pounds of honey (USDA)
84736769.971.872.564.760.769.958.6
Per capita consumption of cheddar cheese (US)
Pounds (USDA)
9.79.99.69.210.310.310.41010.110.1
Correlation: -0.230135

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