A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization

Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times? Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization. 

Guess What The Most Popular Dot GOV Website Is Right Now?

You knew it already. IRS.gov is the hottest website right now out of all the US government websites… not that anyone really wants to be there. At this time of the year that website gets a massive hit, but the rest of the time you’ll find people at the next choices down our list of most trafficked dot gov sites — namely Weather.gov and its forecasting service (highly reliable in our experience).

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Is FOX News the Most Trusted Network? This Poll Says “Yes”

Fox News is the most trusted network and cable news in the United States. That’s according to a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month which revealed that 29% of Americans say they trust the coverage from Fox. Depending on where you fall in the political spectrum, that might be a surprise, or a no-brainer.

The University of Phoenix Has Lost Half of Its Students in Just 5 Years

You read that right. The University of Phoenix has lost half of its students. Five years ago the institution had about 460,000 students, today that number is just 213,000. That’s a huge share by any measure of business (and the for-profit university is certainly one of those). Why such a large decline?

Should Religion Guide a Presidential Candidate’s Policy? Americans are Saying “No”

Oh my goodness, we’re talking about politics and religion in the same place. It’s like an awkward dinner with the extended family… When CNN and ORC International conducted a new poll asking Americans what would make the perfect presidential candidate, they found that when it came to religion in politics, Americans are leaning towards less of it.

For the First Time Ever, Streaming Music Tops CD Sales

It had to happen sometime. Last year, for the first time ever, income for streaming music from services like Pandora and Spotify was higher than sales for CDs.

That’s according to a report released this month by the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major recording companies. To be fair it was a pretty dismal year for music sales in general, but that follows the downward trend we’ve seen for years. With the near unlimited selection, and low (to no) cost for streaming services, it was only a matter of time before CDs had to face the music.

NBA Study: Refs are Wrong 14% of the Time in Last 2 Minutes of Game

Starting March 1st, the National Basketball Association began releasing reports evaluating all calls and important non-calls which occur in the last two minutes of games. What did they find? In those final important moments, referees have made the wrong call or non-call in more than 14% of cases.

In 288 plays that the NBA considered, 7 whistled calls were wrong, while 34 no-calls were incorrect. If a win for your team is on the line, this isn’t very comforting news. However, Rod Thorn, the league’s president of basketball operations, said “The vast majority of the calls are right.” Referees made the correct call 96% of the time they blew the whistle.

In Big Companies, CEOs Named John and David Outnumber All Women CEOs

You read that right. If you want to be a CEO, it’s probably time for a name change. According to a recent analysis of S&P 1500 companies, out of all the chief executives heading them up, an astounding 5.3% are named John. Right behind that is David, at 4.5%.

However, the truly sobering fact is just below: the total of every single female CEO is just 4.1%. That’s right, Johns and Davids outnumber female CEOs in this group.

What Do You Need to Do 5 Minutes of Killer Standup Comedy? This Graphic Breaks It Down

Standup comedy is an art, not a science—sort of. While it has its own formula (setup, punchline), it also has its own nuances. But it always starts with the standard 5-minute set, whether you’re doing your first open mic or your first late-night TV spot. What does it take to kill in that short amount of time? According to Comedy Evaluator Pro, an online software program that measures laughs and positive audience response during a comedy set, here’s what it takes.