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Hanging suicidesUS spending on scienceUS spending on science, space, and technology correlates with Suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocationCorrelation: 99.79% (r=0.99789126)Hanging suicidesUS spending on science19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009199920002001200220032004200520062007200820096000 suicides8000 suicides4000 suicides10000 suicides$15 billion$20 billion$25 billion$30

Nicholas CageSwimming pool drowningsNumber of people who drowned by falling into a pool correlates with Films Nicolas Cage appeared inCorrelation: 66.6% (r=0.666004)Nicholas CageSwimming pool drownings19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009199920002001200220032004200520062007200820090 films2 films4 films6 films80 drownings100 drownings120 drownings140

Bedsheet tanglingsCheese consumedPer capita cheese consumption correlates with Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheetsCorrelation: 94.71% (r=0.947091)Bedsheet tanglingsCheese consumed20002001200220032004200520062007200820092000200120022003200420052006200720082009200 deaths400 deaths600 deaths800

Margarine consumedDivorce rate in MaineDivorce rate in Maine correlates with Per capita consumption of margarineCorrelation: 99.26% (r=0.992558)Margarine consumedDivorce rate in Maine200020012002200320042005200620072008200920002001200220032004200520062007200820092lbs4lbs6lbs8lbs3.96 per 1,0004.29 per 1,0004.62 per 1,0004.95 per 1,

Murders by steamAge of Miss AmericaAge of Miss America correlates with Murders by steam, hot vapours and hot objectsCorrelation: 87.01% (r=0.870127)Murders by steamAge of Miss America19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092 murders4 murders6 murders8 murders18.75 yrs20 yrs21.25 yrs22.5 yrs23.75 yrs25

Computer science doctoratesArcade revenueTotal revenue generated by arcades correlates with Computer science doctorates awarded in the USCorrelation: 98.51% (r=0.985065)Computer science doctoratesArcade revenue20002001200220032004200520062007200820092000200120022003200420052006200720082009500 degrees1000 degrees1500 degrees2000 degrees$1 billion$1.25 billion$1.5 billion$1.75 billion$2

Sociology doctorates awarded (US)Worldwide non-commercial space launchesWorldwide non-commercial space launches correlates with Sociology doctorates awarded (US)Correlation: 78.92% (r=0.78915)Sociology doctorates awarded (US)Worldwide non-commercial space launches19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820091997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009500 Degrees awarded550 Degrees awarded600 Degrees awarded650 Degrees awarded700 Degrees awarded40 Launches50 Launches30 Launches60

Engineering doctoratesMozzarella cheese consumptionPer capita consumption of mozzarella cheese correlates with Civil engineering doctorates awardedCorrelation: 95.86% (r=0.958648)Engineering doctoratesMozzarella cheese consumption20002001200220032004200520062007200820092000200120022003200420052006200720082009400 degrees600 degrees800 degrees1000

Kentucky marriagesFishing boat deathsPeople who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat correlates with Marriage rate in KentuckyCorrelation: 95.24% (r=0.952407)Kentucky marriagesFishing boat deaths1999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920101999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920107 per 1,0008 per 1,0009 per 1,00010 per 1,00011 per 1,0000 deaths10 deaths20

Railway train collisionsUS crude oil imports from NorwayUS crude oil imports from Norway correlates with Drivers killed in collision with railway trainCorrelation: 95.45% (r=0.954509)Railway train collisionsUS crude oil imports from Norway199920002001200220032004200520062007200820091999200020012002200320042005200620072008200940 deaths60 deaths80 deaths100 deaths0 million barrels50 million barrels100 million barrels150 million

Crude oil importsChicken consumedPer capita consumption of chicken correlates with Total US crude oil importsCorrelation: 89.99% (r=0.899899)Crude oil importsChicken consumed200020012002200320042005200620072008200920002001200220032004200520062007200820093.2B barrels3.4B barrels3.6B barrels3.8B

Nuclear power plantsSwimming-pool drowningsNumber people who drowned while in a swimming-pool correlates with Power generated by US nuclear power plantsCorrelation: 90.12% (r=0.901179)Nuclear power plantsSwimming-pool drownings1999200020012002200320042005200620072008200919992000200120022003200420052006200720082009700 BkWh750 BkWh800 BkWh850 BkWh400 deaths500 deaths600 deaths700

Suicides by crashingJapanese cars soldJapanese passenger cars sold in the US correlates with Suicides by crashing of motor vehicleCorrelation: 93.57% (r=0.935701)Suicides by crashingJapanese cars sold199920002001200220032004200520062007200820091999200020012002200320042005200620072008200980 suicides100 suicides120 suicides140 suicides600 thousand cars800 thousand cars1000 thousand cars1200 thousand

Number of people killed by venomous spidersSpelling Bee winning wordLetters in Winning Word of Scripps National Spelling Bee correlates with Number of people killed by venomous spidersCorrelation: 80.57% (r=0.8057)Number of people killed by venomous spidersSpelling Bee winning word19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009199920002001200220032004200520062007200820090 deaths5 deaths10 deaths15 deaths5 letters10 letters15

Uranium US power plantsMath doctoratesMath doctorates awarded correlates with Uranium stored at US nuclear power plantsCorrelation: 95.23% (r=0.952257)Uranium US power plantsMath doctorates1996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200840 million pounds60 million pounds80 million pounds100 million pounds800 degrees1200 degrees1600 degrees2000

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