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Popularity of the 'planking' meme correlates with...

VariableCorrelationYearsHas img?
Air pollution in Pittsfield, Massachusettsr=112yrsNo
Number of edits to the Wikipedia article for Arnold Schwarzeneggerr=0.9612yrsNo
Google searches for 'why isnt 11 pronounced onety one'r=0.9512yrsNo
How trendy Tom Scott's YouTube video titles arer=0.8212yrsYes!
Google searches for 'how do i stop procrastinating'r=0.8112yrsNo

Popularity of the 'planking' meme also correlates with...

VariableCorrelationYearsSys. Score
Electricity generation in Netherlands Antillesr=0.9911yrs407
Biomass power generated in Sierra Leoner=18yrs406
Liquefied petroleum gas used in U.S. Virgin Islandsr=0.9911yrs404
US average dairy skim-solid content of whey products (net)r=0.9611yrs398
Air pollution in Champaign, Illinoisr=112yrs391
Air pollution in Decatur, Illinoisr=112yrs391
Air pollution in Peoria, Illinoisr=112yrs391
The number of university political science teachers in South Dakotar=18yrs384
The number of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents in Delawarer=0.9712yrs384
The number of CEOs in Rhode Islandr=0.9512yrs382
Kerosene used in Grenadar=0.9711yrs371
Google searches for 'inception'r=0.9312yrs369
Air pollution in Springfield, Illinoisr=112yrs351
Air pollution in Shreveport, Louisianar=0.9912yrs340
Popularity of the first name Ashlir=0.912yrs332
Air pollution in Columbia, South Carolinar=0.9712yrs326
The number of bellhops in Arizonar=0.9412yrs320
GMO use in corn grown in Wisconsinr=0.9112yrs320
How trendy Deep Look YouTube video titles arer=0.919yrs318
Air pollution in Longview, Texasr=0.9712yrs316
Electricity generation in Antarcticar=0.986yrs310
The number of judicial law clerks in New Jerseyr=0.9412yrs309
Air pollution in Spartanburg, South Carolinar=0.9712yrs306
Renewable energy production in Antarcticar=0.986yrs300
The number of judicial law clerks in Virginiar=0.9412yrs299
Air pollution in Sevierville, Tennesseer=0.9712yrs296
The divorce rate in Alabamar=0.911yrs294
The number of home appliance repairers in Alabamar=0.9312yrs288
US bank failuresr=0.8612yrs286
Air pollution in Pensacola, Floridar=0.9612yrs285
The number of movies Lucy Liu appeared inr=0.8612yrs284
Google searches for 'why is the sky blue'r=0.8812yrs282
Automotive recalls for issues with Visibilityr=0.8812yrs280
The number of dietetic technicians in Marylandr=0.9312yrs278
Fossil fuel use in Netherlands Antillesr=0.9311yrs278
Popularity of the first name Roxanar=0.8812yrs278
Popularity of the first name Rosarior=0.8812yrs278
Air pollution in Savannah, Georgiar=0.9512yrs274
Kerosene used in Tongar=0.9411yrs266
GMO use in corn grown in Ohior=0.8812yrs266
GMO use in corn grown in Indianar=0.8812yrs266
Number of moderate earthquakes worldwider=0.878yrs260
Number of articles Matt Levine published on Bloomberg on Mondaysr=0.879yrs260
Liquefied petroleum gas used in Congo-Brazzaviller=0.9311yrs255
Google searches for 'Gangnam Style'r=0.8711yrs249
Popularity of the first name Valeriar=0.8712yrs247
Liquefied petroleum gas used in Grenadar=0.9311yrs245
The number of medical appliance technicians in North Carolinar=0.9511yrs240
Ticket sales for Los Angeles Angels gamesr=0.859yrs239
Popularity of the first name Casandrar=0.8712yrs237
Petroluem consumption in Greenlandr=0.9211yrs234
Air pollution in Charleston, West Virginiar=0.9412yrs232
The number of anthropologists and archeologists in Wyomingr=0.9312yrs228
Popularity of the first name Andresr=0.8612yrs226
Kerosene used in Puerto Ricor=0.9211yrs224
Air pollution in Raleigh, North Carolinar=0.9412yrs222
The number of meter readers, utilities in Idahor=0.9212yrs216
Popularity of the first name Estrellar=0.8612yrs216
Kerosene used in Nepalr=0.9111yrs212
The number of orderlies in Kentuckyr=0.9311yrs206
Popularity of the first name Yahairar=0.8512yrs204
The number of dietetic technicians in West Virginiar=0.9211yrs195
Popularity of the first name Berthar=0.8512yrs194
Air pollution in Georgetown, South Carolinar=0.987yrs193
The number of compensation and benefits managers in New Mexicor=0.9211yrs185
Kerosene used in Egyptr=0.9111yrs182
The number of judicial law clerks in Minnesotar=0.9211yrs175
Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Winner's Ager=0.8512yrs175
How geeky Numberphile YouTube video titles arer=0.8412yrs175
Total length of Numberphile YouTube videosr=-0.9412yrs173
Air pollution in Gainesville, Floridar=0.9312yrs170
US production of whey products (net)r=-0.9711yrs169
ArcelorMittal's stock price (MT)r=0.8412yrs169
US dairy skim solids used to produce whey productsr=-0.9711yrs168
The number of judicial law clerks in New Yorkr=0.9211yrs165
Air pollution in Fayetteville, North Carolinar=0.9312yrs160
The number of judicial law clerks in Oklahomar=0.9211yrs155
Air pollution in Urban Honolulu, Hawaiir=0.9212yrs149
The number of nurse anesthetists in Louisianar=0.9211yrs145
Gasoline pumped in Syriar=0.911yrs140
Air pollution in Greenville, South Carolinar=0.9112yrs138
The number of professional painters in North Carolinar=0.9112yrs134
Liquefied petroleum gas used in Syriar=0.911yrs130
Google searches for 'why do i have green poop'r=0.8312yrs130
Air pollution in Trenton, New Jerseyr=0.912yrs126
The number of judges in Delawarer=0.9112yrs124
Petroluem consumption in U.S. Virgin Islandsr=0.911yrs120
Google searches for 'Britney Spears'r=0.8312yrs119
Biomass power generated in Jordanr=0.8711yrs109
Hydopower energy generated in Puerto Ricor=0.8611yrs98
Gasoline pumped in Dominicar=0.8711yrs86
Popularity of the first name Trevonr=0.8412yrs78
Popularity of the first name Bretr=0.8412yrs68
Popularity of the first name Alyshar=0.8412yrs58
Popularity of the first name Dulcer=0.8412yrs48
Popularity of the first name Chynnar=0.8412yrs38
Popularity of the first name Savanar=0.8412yrs28
Popularity of the first name Keanar=0.8412yrs18
Popularity of the first name Diegor=0.8312yrs6


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You caught me! While it would be intuitive to sort only by "correlation," I have a big, weird database. If I sort only by correlation, often all the top results are from some one or two very large datasets (like the weather or labor statistics), and it overwhelms the page.

I can't show you *all* the correlations, because my database would get too large and this page would take a very long time to load. Instead I opt to show you a subset, and I sort them by a magic system score. It starts with the correlation, but penalizes variables that repeat from the same dataset. (It also gives a bonus to variables I happen to find interesting.)
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