I adjunct at University of Connecticut, so frequently use their online databases for journal research. Not so exciting, but necessary. However, I recently logged on to discover a new resource they’ve made available…Statista! For those of you who don’t know about it, this is a web-based portal that provides access to statistics on almost any topic, in written, chart and infographic form. AMAZING! Let me give you a few examples.
Interested in the planet’s longest-living animals? Check out the Chart of the Day from March 20!
Or, curious about Valentine’s Day trends? Type in Valentine’s Day, and you’ll get both a chart and this written description: “Is Valentine’s Day really about love? These days, February 14th seems to be all about money, and few places come close to the United States when it comes to Valentine’s Day spending. This year, the average American will spend $142.31, significantly higher than $102.50 in 2009. In 2015, Valentine’s Day sales are expected to reach a whopping $19 billion. Men are going to spend almost twice as much as women this weekend. People will splash out $4.8 billion on jewelry, $4.6 billion on date nights and $2.1 billion on candy. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. 21.2 percent of Americans will spend a grand total of $703 million on their pets!”
Or, fact-checking earning potential of various majors?Check out the Chart of the Day from January 16 – and yes, engineering wins. Indeed you can find facts and statistics for just about any topic nationally and internationally…from finding out that 141.1 million U.S. adults participated in outdoor recreation in 2011 to observing that Helsinki is the most expensive city in the world for room service. Now, I know that data and statistics don’t rule the world, but they certainly help put it in perspective, and Statista is an exceptional playground for the inquisitive mind.
And since this blog post is really just a quick shout-out to one of my new favorite things, I’ll share another thing that amazed me recently: MRI scans of fruits and vegetables. No doubt about it, nature is an amazing artist…and when we talk about the value of whole food, these pictures illustrating the beauty and complexity of produce demonstrate why we can’t replicate what nature has perfected.