At any specific date in time, trending Reddit subs can provide a snapshot to what users are thinking, searching and talking about. Sports, politics, gaming, current events and more can significantly boost comment numbers in specific Subreddits. This animated bar graph visualization from u/Balloon_Project, which was shared in the Data is Beautiful Subreddit, shows the most commented subreddits from 2018 to Jan 27th 2021. Check it out here:
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Using information from SubredditStats.com, Balloon_Project was able to write a custom script in a program called Processing to input all the data. In the 2 and a half minute video, you can watch subreddits move and up and down the ladder with an accompanying “Todays’ News” headline for that specific day. It is fun to watch the different spikes that show up around different events. For example, the subreddit r/marvelstudios shows up high on the graph when Endgame gets released.
Sports subreddits like r/nba and r/nfl peak during key events for their respective leagues, and r/politics jumps to the top for major events surrounding the election, impeachment, protests, and riots. Meme pages and general subs like r/pics, r/teeenagers, and r/funny tend to bounce around in the top ten spots randomly as they are consistently popular subreddits. The general info sub r/askreddit where users can ask any question that comes to mind stayed in the top position for years getting 80 to 120k comments per day.
Here are some notable events and how Reddit reacted:
- At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, you can watch r/coronavirus surge to around 60 thousand comments per day.
- Around the election in November of 2020, the r/politics sub surges past 200k comments per day, the highest number seen in the video to that point.
- Rounding out the last days of the graph you can watch the Wall Street Bets sub (r/wallstreetbets) soar to incredible new levels on the graph, getting close to 400 thousand comments per day during the whole GameStop stock debacle.
What a neat way to visualize this data!
NBA Jump Shot Density for 23 Seasons
The 2020-21 NBA season tips off tomorrow night with nine games!
2020 has certainly presented its challenges, and it’s been no different for the sports world. In the National Football League, several games have had to be rescheduled this season due to several positive COVID-19 cases from around the league. Earlier this season in the NBA, the entire league moved their games to what became known as the “NBA Bubble,” which was an isolation zone at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, with the purpose to protect the NBA players for the remainder of the season.
Jump shots are one of the most exciting parts of the action in the National Basketball Association, and this very interesting graphic from /u/Alexander_Varlamov and CoolBlueData.com takes a look at the jump shot density in the NBA for a span of 23 basketball seasons (it begins with the 1997-1998 NBA season). Some of the greatest jump shooters in the history of the NBA are actually active today, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kyle Korver of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
As the animated timeline ticks past the 2003-2004 season, a shift in how the game is played becomes obvious—players have become much more likely to go for three-pointers than in the past. By 2016-2017, it had become the vast majority of shots, and in the 2019-2020 season, the map seems to indicate that two-pointer jump shots have become a true rarity in the game of basketball. Teams know that three-pointers can win championships, and if you can hit them consistently, the extra points can really add up!
Currently, the longest successful jump shot in the history of the National Basketball Association was 89 feet (27 m), and it was hit by Baron Davis on February 17, 2001. Davis made the shot with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of a game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Milwaukee Bucks. Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets at the time, and also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks over the course of 15-season NBA career.
America’s Most Searched Halloween Costumes Over the Years
What is America dressing up as for Halloween this year? How about for the past 6 years? This animated thematic map, created by DATABAYOU, shows what the most Googled Halloween costume was for every state since 2014. The animation plays through each year, displaying the name of the costume that was the most searched in each state, color coded to the “class” that each falls into. With 14 different classes of costume to assign to these searches, it’s interesting to see how the trends change year-by-year, and state-by-state. The color-coded classes include: toy, cartoon, Disney, book/tv/movie character, comic, video game, Star Wars, character (such as a clown, ninja, or pirate), mythical/ religious, food, animal, politics, activity/profession, and time period. While some of the costumes that appear on the interactive map could fall into two different categories, the creator classified them according to their own personal experiences.
Watching the costume timeline play across the map, it’s easy to see the trends that were popular for each particular year. You can tell that 2016 was an election year with New York’s most searched costume being Hillary Clinton while Florida dominated the searches with Melania Trump costume ideas. One fifth of the country wanted to get decked out in 1980s attire in 2017, while searches for Batman and Black Panther costumes surged in other states. In 2019 it seems that everyone felt like being a creepy clown as searches for IT appeared the most, showing up in fifteen states. What sort of costumes can you expect to see this year? According to the map there will be plenty of witches and dinosaurs out roaming the streets in search of candy. What were some costume trends that stood out to you over the years?
Animation Shows Earth’s Temperature Trends from 0 to 2019 AD
Today’s animation comes to us from Reddit user /u/bgregory98 and visualizes global temperature trends from 0 to 2019 AD, the results are eye-opening:
Across the 2,000-year timeline, average global temperatures remain largely steady for the first 1,000 years and drop slightly for the next 500-750 years; what’s truly interesting about this animation is what happens in the final 200+ years. As the timeline approaches the industrial age, temperatures begin to rise and then skyrocket through to the modern day… the evidence is almost unsettling; human activity is undeniably affecting Earth’s temperatures.
Global warming and climate change have been hot topics for years. Even so, some people still don’t believe it’s real. However, scientists have studied climate models going back 50 years that have accurately predicted warming temperatures across the globe. These global temperatures have consistently risen around 0.9 degrees Celsius since 1970. What these models have also confirmed is that human activity is the cause. Climate change is caused from excess CO2 in the atmosphere. When people burn fossil fuel it creates carbon dioxide. This CO2 releases heat which then gets trapped in the earths upper atmosphere for 100 years, heating up the surface and leading to climate destruction. When scientists go to study climate change one thing they look at are Oxygen isotopes from ocean sediment. This is because they are tied to the earths ice caps. When water evaporates from the ocean’s surface, light isotopes of oxygen evaporate quicker because it takes less energy to break the chemical bonds. If these light isotopes then get carried to polar ice caps and trapped in the ice the ratio of these isotopes in the ocean goes down. What we are seeing now is the exact opposite. As the ice caps melt more oxygen isotopes are deposited into the ocean and the sea level rises. These ratios are recorded in shells of marine microorganisms and allow scientists to record how much the ice caps have grown or shrank around the globe.
Economists and scientists alike believe that taxing carbon is one way to strengthen the global response towards climate change. A carbon tax is a fee that would be imposed on the use of coal, oil and gas. The goal would be to motivate people to move to cleaner energy sources by saving them money and also making them more energy efficient. Judging by the information in this automated graphic, the worlds temperature is going to continue to grow at an exponential rate because of the human race. What we do today will determine if this leads to the destruction of earth in hundreds of years or if we can slowly begin to repair the damage done. If everyone did their part even just small changes can make a big difference!
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