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These Blue Angels pilots are little rascals...

And no one seems offended..... no one wanting to ban fighter jets?....that's sarcasm btw

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A friend of mines father works for Mizuno doing these kinds of things with the MLB.

Totally thought it was him when I first looked. Bout to give him a call lol.

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Quite interesting...

The Death Toll Comparison Breakdown
By Tim Urban

One of the things about humans is that they die sometimes, and one of the things humans pay a lot of attention to is other people dying. We do a pretty good job of distracting ourselves from the whole “I’m gonna die one day” thing, but the fixation is there, underneath the surface, and one way it shows through is how riveted we are by other people’s deaths.

The news is an obvious example—just open up CNN.com and typically, at least half of the headlines are about people dying. Entertainment is another—nothing locks eyes on a screen like the death of a character.

History is a less obvious example, but it’s the parts of history that involve a lot of people dying that usually compel us the most. That’s why there are so many war movies and so few movies about critical legislation being passed.

But for a crowd so interested in death, humans know surprisingly little about the actual numbers of people that died in key moments throughout history. Most of us know that 3,000 people died on 9/11, but how many Americans know how many Katrina victims there were, or how many people died in the American Revolution. Did the Christian Crusades kill 100 times as many people as the Vietnam War? Or were they identical in their death tolls? Given how much we talk about historical human tragedies, it seems like something we should have a better handle on. So let’s take a look.

Some quick notes:

  • The area of each circle in the graphic is exactly proportional to the number it’s representing and to the other circles in the graphic. Note the scale, and how it changes as the numbers grow. I chose circles and area because a one-dimensional scale like a bar graph doesn’t work when numbers are growing 1,000-fold over each other—you need two dimensions to be able to handle such a wide range. But keep in mind that with the way area works, a circle with double the diameter of another circle represents four times the deaths, not two.
  • I focused on human tragedies of various kinds, but sprinkled normal death statistics (the gray circles) throughout as comparison points to help put things in perspective.
  • I tried to maintain integrity in my research. There are many “sources” citing various death tolls online—so I made sure there was a reasonable consensus for all the numbers below. When there were too many differing opinions (like Howard Zinn saying European Colonialism killed 100 million people, with other sources saying it was 2 million), I left it out. Sometimes, there is genuine uncertainty to the exact death toll in an event, but a consensus about the lower and upper bound that the death toll might be. In those cases, I made the upper bound a big, faded circle, and the lower bound a smaller, brighter circle inside. For example, the total number of lucky people who had their hearts cut out and sacrificed by the Aztecs is unknown. But historians are pretty sure that the number is somewhere between 300,000 and 1,500,000. So I represented that like this, with two circles:

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Alright, on with it. The Death Toll Comparison Breakdown:

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A farmer, Stephen, received a letter from the Department for Work & Pensions stating that they suspected he was not paying his employees the statutory minimum wage and they would send an inspector to interview them.



On the appointed day, the inspector turned up. "Tell me about your staff," he asked Stephen.



"Well," said Stephen, "there's the farm hand, I pay him £240 a week, and he has a free cottage.


Then there's the housekeeper. She gets £190 a week, along with free board and lodging.


There's also the half-wit. He works a 16 hour day, does 90% of the work, earns about £25 a week along with a bottle of whisky and, as a special treat, occasionally gets to sleep with my wife."



That's disgraceful" said the inspector, "I need to interview the half-wit."



"That'll be me then," said Stephen.

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No numbers on the victims of American slavery? Interesting.

The chart was for death tolls.

Just thinking logically about this... Doesn't make much business sense to execute slaves. They would pay $$$ to acquire a slave. I'm sure they'd want to do anything but kill them. Kind of like buying a new car then purposely wrecking it. Probably not something you'd want to do.

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The chart was for death tolls.

Just thinking logically about this... Doesn't make much business sense to execute slaves. They would pay $$$ to acquire a slave. I'm sure they'd want to do anything but kill them. Kind of like buying a new car then purposely wrecking it. Probably not something you'd want to do.

You can consider all the ones who didn't make it on the way to the States. There are probably quite a lot.

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I know exactly what the chart is for.

I guess the victims that died in transit to American plantations and jettisoned overboard can't accurately be recorded.

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Was just thinking if you took the battle of Stalingrad or Siege of Leningrad, either one alone would be just behind the Holocaust in numbers. Either one was bloodier as an individual battles than most US entire wars put together. USSR and the Nazis just fed those guys into the meat grinder.

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