Numbers of interest

October 31, 2014


Welcome back to the weekend Data Dive, this week featuring Halloween and the U.S. midterm elections. I’m not sure which is more terrifying.

The price of ghoulish good times

By now the trick-or-treating is done, and with luck your children have already gorged themselves into a sugar-induced frenzy. While you’re waiting for Junior to climb down from the chandelier, peruse mental_floss’s listicle of 25 fun size facts about candy, then view this New York Times package about the economics of the chocolate industry. And since Junior may be up there for a while, here’s Quartz’s 10 scary economic charts for Halloween as well.

Why Democrats may still be yelling “Boo!” after Tuesday

Tuesday’s elections will provide either a trick or a treat for the political class, and with the very real chance that Republicans will retake the Senate while maintaining control of the House, Democrats are right to be scared. The data goblins at The Upshot provide a nifty interactive showing race-by-race probabilities over time for this year’s Senate election.

Don’t Bogart all the data, dude

On Tuesday, Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will entertain ballot issues on the legalization of marijuana. Colorado and Washington have already passed similar initiatives, and when added to the 19 states  that allow medicinal marijuana, they add up to a sizable industry. To this end, the crispy folks over at Yahoo! Finance have created TumblWeeds, a Tumblr blog dedicated to the business side of whacky tobaccy.

Getting shot is scary all year ’round

Both sides of the issue agree that the specter of gun violence is frightening, all the more so when children are involved. This week Lifehacker published an infographic of how to spot the signs of a hidden handgun. Good information to have, but hopefully news you won’t have to use.

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“how to spot the signs of a hidden handgun” comes from a Stop-Question-and-Frisk program NYPD source where racially profiled African-American and Latino persons have their 4th Amendment rights violated.

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