To any information junkie, this info-porn from Flowing Data is terribly amusing:

Source:  Flowing Data

Category: Digital Media, Humor

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

11 Responses to “Go Big or Go Home”

  1. forester_dude says:

    For those info junkies…check out prezi.com really neat way for story telling and presentation.

  2. powersjq says:

    Beautiful. Cross-pollinates interestingly with a post on behavioral econ that Edward Harrison posted some days ago at CreditWritedowns:
    http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/05/spinoza-descartes-and-suspension-of-disbelief-in-the-ivory-tower-of-economics.html
    Nerd it up.

  3. R. Cain says:

    thanks for the link to FlowingData.com – good stuff

    as a Canadian, i was drawn to their chart regarding:
    Canada: the country that pees together stays together

    http://flowingdata.com/2010/03/09/canada-the-country-that-pees-together-stays-together/

  4. donna says:

    LOVE Flowing Data!

  5. Expat says:

    The “really big shocking number” is interesting since it is either random or well-chosen by someone who understands number distribution.

    And, oooh, pretty colors chosen for the graphs!

  6. says so much, w/o saying anything at all..

    Tree my Cats (!), where’s my metacognition when I need it (?)

    or, differently, we might be better off if every Paper in the Country was required to Front Page this, everyday, for a Year..

  7. R. Cain says:

    Mr Ritholtz

    i am new to your excellent blog posts

    and the quality of comments is outstanding

    with the utmost respect – given your commenters’ thread discipline – may i suggest a friday thread regarding the current market turmoil

    (thursday’s market thread provided A1 insight)

  8. The Window Washer says:

    Barry,
    Thanks for the data, I’m working on a business plan right now and all this data fits perfectly.
    Cut and paste baby, I’m done for the weekend.

  9. garrisongold says:

    Great insight, with the exception that a billion is not “shockingly large” number.

    By the way, can anyone tell me the number that comes after a trillion?

  10. garrisong,

    w.this: “By the way, can anyone tell me the number that comes after a trillion?”

    try: “…get comfortable with the SI prefixes, particularly the larger ones. Looking at all those zeros is hard, and a simple mistake in counting the number of zeros can lead to a 10x or even 1000x error.

    I think most people have heard the term megabucks, it’s used as the name of several state lotteries.

    Here’s how International System of Units (SI) prefixes can be applied to dollars:

    1 megadollar = ten to the 6th power Federal Reserve Notes = $1,000,000
    1 gigadollar = ten to the 9th power Federal Reserve Notes = $1,000,000,000
    1 teradollar = ten to the 12th power Federal Reserve Notes = $1,000,000,000,000
    1 petadollar = ten to the 15th power Federal Reserve Notes = $1,000,000,000,000,000
    1 exadollar = ten to the 18th power Federal Reserve Notes = $1,000,000,000,000,000,000
    1 zetadollar = ten to the 21st power Federal Reserve Notes = $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
    1 yottadollar = ten to the 24st power Federal Reserve Notes =$1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
    ….”
    http://blog.mises.org/10676/extreme-prefixes-and-hyperinflation-on-yottadollars-and-bernadollars/#ixzz0ofVI7XZX
    same article .. http://www.stephankinsella.com/2009/09/17/extreme-prefixes-and-hyperinflation/

    or, from a *Historical POV, see http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/large.html

  11. The Window Washer says:

    @ garrisongold

    You must get into trouble all the time not having any sense of context.
    A billion is a shockingly large number if it’s the number of people your date has slept with. This year.

    Quadrillion, I looked it up a few years ago because it’s the amount of economic activity the US needs to generate the needed tax income to cover outstanding SS/Medicaid promises.