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!
Animated Timeline Shows Nuclear Warheads by Country Over Time
A nuclear warhead is a highly advanced and meticulously engineered device designed to release an immense amount of energy through nuclear fission or fusion reactions. Comprising fissile materials, triggering mechanisms, and containment structures, it operates by initiating a chain reaction within the atomic nucleus, leading to a catastrophic explosion that far surpasses the destructive power of conventional explosives. The controlled release of nuclear energy in warheads underscores their devastating potential, shaping global security dynamics and emphasizing the critical importance of preventing their use.
This visualization, as posted by Reddit user PieChartPirate, shows off the nuclear warheads by country, specifically from 1950 through 2022. The visualization was created with SJVisualizer, and the source for the data came from Wikipedia. This is a fascinating look at this information, which by 2022, shows that the worldwide leader in terms of nuclear warheads is Russia with 5,889. Following Russia are the United States (5,244), China (410), France (290), United Kingdom (225), Pakistan (170), India (164), Israel (90), and North Korea (50).
According to the data, if you were to go all the way back to 1951, which is where this visualization starts, only two countries are represented – those being the United States (with 320 at the time) and the Soviet Union (with 7 at the time). Within ten years, more countries were topping the rankings, as by 1961, the United States had 19,381 nuclear warheads, the Soviet Union saw a dramatic jump from 7 to 1,874, the United Kingdom had 65, and France possessed just two.
Illustrated Timeline Shows the Evolution of Women’s Swimwear
This new illustrated timeline comes to us from Lulus.com, a women’s fashion company based in California, and shows the fascinating evolution of swimwear over time. From classical antiquity to modern day, swim suits for women have gone through some significant changes. Over time, women’s swimwear have gone from fully nude to fully clothed to the bikinis and one-piece swimsuits you commonly see today. Without further ado, here is the evolution of female swimsuit styles.
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Starting off in the 8th to 5th century BCE, you’ll notice the featured swimwear style is not unlike swimsuits you might see today. Over the next one thousand years (up until the 16th century) swimwear remained scantily clad or even nonexistent. It was in the 17th century, however, that things made a dramatic turn to a prudish approach to swimming. And things didn’t get and less prude for quite a few hundred years! Women often swam fully clothed in what looked like night gowns in the 17th and 18th century, and evolved into bathing outfits with loose fitting pants and blouses that covered nearly all of the woman’s skin.
In the 20th century, skin started to make its debut once again. In the western world, showing more and more skin became commonplace as one and (eventually) two piece bathing suits emerged. If you visit a public beach or public pool today, you can expect to see a wide range of swimsuits on women. It makes one think: what will women’s swimwear look like in another hundred years?
How Prom Dress Styles Have Evolved Over Time
When you think of prom the first image that may pop into your head is a sea of colorful and extravagant dresses dancing the night away. The style of dresses you’re picturing, though, will depend entirely on the decade that you attended prom. Fashion trends are always evolving and that proves especially true when it comes to prom dress styles, as seen in this visual from popular fashion brand Lulus.
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It starts with the early 1900s Victorian Era and travels through current day trends on a fashion blast through the past of the most popular prom dress styles from every decade. Here you’ll find the free and fun flapper dresses of the 1920s to the long and flowing bohemian dresses of the 1970s. As you go through the timeline of dresses it’s interesting to note how popular movies or celebrities had an impact on a decade’s fashion trends. The popularity of “Gone With the Wild” in the 1940s brought back the Victorian-Era style dresses that had been popular forty years prior. Pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera influenced the prom dress styles that were popular in the 2000s. As the dress styles change from decade to decade, one thing about prom remains the same and that is the desire to get decked out in fancy attire and dance the night away with friends and classmates. And to see who is crowned Prom King and Prom Queen, of course! What type of prom dress do you think will emerge as one of the most popular styles of the 2020s?
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