Bad science backed by bad data is a terrible thing. It’s even worse when people can be mislead with a visual representation of that data.
Google Insights is a great tool for looking up interest (based on search volume, location, etc.) in a subject or term over time. From time to time, I misuse it to make ridiculous, suggestive graphs to fool my friends into making nonexistent connections. Because I’m in the office today and not enjoying a day off like many others, I thought I’d lighten my spirits and yours with this laughable Easter graph I put together:
As you can clearly see – once a year, Easter candy becomes available, which is obviously consumed by kids, resulting in cavities and very early onset diabetes. I haven’t figured out what this has to do with kidnappings, but there is corollary data linking these abduction with Easter candy. This is clearly the case; graphs don’t lie.
And here’s the interactive version: