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Elections, Terror Alerts & Hot Dogs

Coincidence Is Not Correlation

A discovery posted
about human nature, hot dogs & search.
As presented by the splendid Fred LeBlanc.
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Recently someone found that if you do a search on Google Insights for “election time” and “terror alert,” you can see that there's an alert just before each election (or so it’s gone for the past 6 years).

And while it’s most likely true that there is correlation between these two events, I’ve decided to add a third pony to the race: hot dogs! Here’s a chart representing interest in the three searches within the United States since 2004.

Also worth noting: American hot dog interest is on the rise. Time to go buy some stocks.

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Fred LeBlanc is trying to make the web a better place. He develops, designs, writes, improves, constructs, invents, and creates (hopefully) interesting content and projects.

He’s reasonably well-known for his jQuery plugin, he co-runs a meet up for web folks and he’s been known to make a TextMate theme or two.

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