Fair Warning: PR disasters and revolutionary facial hair

Morning! The thing that has made my week is seeing Tom Cruise lip sync to Can’t Feel My Face — seriously, it’s 30 seconds of amazing. How did no one tell me about this?!

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On the home front

Lord Ashcroft did some research into political parties and voting intentions, and what people want from Brexit. There’s a lot in there, but I want to draw attention to is how Labour is losing voters — to every single other party. Weird.

In an earlier Fair Warning I highlighted Gizmodo’s piece on what TfL were doing with data collected anonymously from phones, and they’ve done the same thing but with museums. Knowing where visitors stop to look at things and how they walk around can help museums to plan better for the future. Cool, right?

Gavin Freeguard at the Institute for Government did this great piece on the age of people working in the civil service. What’s striking here is the difference between departments — the Treasury is clearly a much younger workforce, whereas HMRC has more older people working there.

Property prices are still a really hot topic at the moment, and Anna Powell-Smith has created a nice interactive map showing the average price per square metre for each postcode. Meanwhile, Tom Forth argues (using data and a nice graph with explanatory arrows) that the housing market works when we let it.

Over the pond

Following that United PR disaster this week, The Economist looked at the data and found that United actually bumps more passengers off flights than any other large airline.

Another big story in the US right now is the O’Reilly Factor. It came out that $13m had been paid out to address complaints from women about Bill O’Reilly’s behaviour, and advertisers are jumping ship like rats. In fact, the New York Times found that the show lost more than half its advertisers in just one week.

The Wall Street Journal did a nice piece on how immigration to the US has changed the country over time.


John Burn-Murdoch did this really great dig into gender data and found that culture and policy dictated skewed gender ratios in India and China.

I’d seen another version of this a while ago but didn’t love it so I think I left it out of Fair Warning, but The Economist has picked up the data around Japanese cherry blossoms. Climate change is probably a factor in why the trees are blossoming increasingly early.

The Economist also looked at death penalty figures from Amnesty International, and the good news is that the number of executions in 2016 fell from the previous year.

Odds and ends

Really liked this TED talk on how we can find ourselves in data, by Giorgia Lupi who is one of the people behind Dear Data.

The Interpreter newsletter looked at when democracies die, and not surprisingly, it tends to be the younger ones that fall back into authoritarianism.

This interactive map shows all of the world’s current conflicts, and it is surprising and depressing in equal measure.

If you absolutely love the Fast and the Furious films then you will probably really like this bunch of charts, from Bloomberg, of all places.

Someone made a Minard-style map of Imperial Navy troop losses in the Galactic Civil War — you know, the fictitious, Star Wars civil war.

Bizarrely, it turns out that the 70s really was revolutionary — when it comes to facial hair:

Bad chart of the week

I don’t even really know the context of this but I also don’t want to know, thank you very much:

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