Racial Segregation in New York Lingers, Researchers Show in Map of the Racial Distribution in the United States

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The Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia recently released an interactive map showing the exact racial and ethnic distribution in the United States. The map color-codes the country based on race and ethnicity figures from the 2010 census, assigning a dot to each and every one of more than 300 million residents. Sadly, the map shows us something we already know, or at least suspected: that the U.S., especially its cities, remain racially segregated, and New York is no exception.

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This Map Shows You Where to Find Single People in NYC

Should you be one of those people who assumes that your dating "issues" in the city stem from the fact that there are fewer men than women here, there's a map for that, and, no, we're not saying you have issues. But there is an interesting new twist. Economists at the NYCEDC ran the numbers, and, according to the latest census data, New York City's population is 53% female and 47% male. But, of unmarried singles between 20 and 34, men actually outnumbered women, 742,400 to 729,500. As for people over 34, they are geriatrics too old for love and unworthy of acknowledgment.

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Here's What $388,375 Worth of Equations Look Like

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We may finally have the answer to the eternal question posed by struggling algebra students everywhere: "When will I use this in real life?" The above image is from Heritage Auctions, and what appears to be a scribbled-in math quiz is actually the work of Apollo 13 Mission Commander James Lovell. After an oxygen tank explosion left him and his crew up space creek without a paddle, Lovell wrote a series of numbers onto the checklist to chart a course toward the moon's gravitational pull and, eventually, back to Earth.

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'One Percent' Partly Made Up of Dead People

Cool chart from Mother Jones explaining who is a part of the notorious one percent:

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"Not working or deceased" makes up 4.3 percent? Key word being "deceased," here.

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Everybody Is Lying About Their Age Now

Can we all just say that we're 21, and pretend to be 21, and live that way forever? Except, you know, 21 kind of sucked. It was all about not knowing how to drink properly and feeling weird in your own dewy, nubile flesh, and trying to get a first, terrible job. And, if we all say we're 21, inevitably some jerk will show up and say he or she is 37 and will be so unique and different that 21 will not be so interesting, because, frankly, it's not. This is all to say that the New York Post today has explored a new trend -- called new because it's among men; women, of course, have been doing it for years -- the "trend" of lying about one's age. Apparently 37-year-old men are saying they're 33, so as not to be faced with age discrimination on the dating scene. 39-year-old men are going with "mid-30s."And 40-year-old men? Don't even ask.

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Census: More People in New York Than Ever Before

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The Census numbers are in, and New York City is more populated than ever before. But not much more. The New York Times reports that the 2010 count recorded a growth of about 166,000 people since 2000, bringing the current population to 8,175,133. Of those people, 8,175,130 will be waiting on the L train platform during your commute home from work today.

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How Much Are Your Tweets Worth? Nicki Minaj Defies the Math

Now that Justin Bieber has his own movie, it's clear that he's more important than you are. But have you ever wondered how much better he is at Twitter than you are? Luckily, our friends at Esquire have come up with the perfect way of calculating just that. They've developed a formula to determine the exact monetary value of a user's tweets. After comparing ourselves to Twitter's most famous celebs we realized that there's a major problem with their math.

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OKCupid Analyzes Gay Sex Trends; Finds Straight Users Far More Sexually Interested in Gays Than Vice Versa

OKTrends, the dating research branch of OKCupid, is a font of fascinating information, from what white people like (at least for online dating purposes) to why men might want to consider dating older women. Today they pull out a range of data about their gay and straight users and found the following:

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Unemployment Is Steady; Americans Settle for 4-Cent Raise

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In your unhappy Friday news, the U.S. Labor Department has reported more job losses than expected and a steady unemployment rate of 9.5% for July. This has to do to some extent with 143,000 temporary census workers being let go, with only 71,000 private-sector jobs being added.

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M. Night Shyamalan Keeping His Critical Record Intact! [UPDATED]

The opening sentence of Roger Ebert's review of M. Night Shyamalan's new movie went off like a shot around Twitter today: "The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented."


When I saw that line, I have to admit to a perverse, if slight, grin.

See, I had noticed something interesting a few M. Night Shyamalan critical muggings back. Uncannily, each of his movies seems to get panned a little bit more than the one before since his big 1999 breakout hit, The Sixth Sense.

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