Watching Atlanta grind to a halt this week, everyone boasted about how tough they were back in their childhood, in the frigid tundra of Mainesotatanachusetts, where nothing ever shut down, ever, over a measly dusting of snow. Someone quantified exactly how much snow shuts schools down around the country, and that leads this week's Friday roundup.
Snowfall and School Closings. Enterprising Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy used data from user responses and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to make a map of how much snow it generally takes to close schools around the country. Not only that, but he has been dutifully updating it as users give him new information.
Obama Moderates His State of the Union. This chart tells you what dozens of State of the Union wordclouds can't: Obama has moved closer to center for two straight State of the Union addresses, according to Benjamin Lauderdale, a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Bernanke Never Tapered, Apparently. Yes, the Federal Reserve has been tapering its monthly asset purchases – a move that outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke had been signaling for months. However, he never used the word "taper" in official speeches, according to this fantastic CNN interactive chart, which tracks eight Bernanke buzzwords over the eight years of his Fed chairmanship.
A Timeline of Epoch Scale. The BBC has broken down what the distant future will look like, and it's both engrossing and terrifying. Relatively soon – in 1,000 years – most current words will be extinct, thanks to how rapidly language is changing. In 50 million years, Antarctica's ice will have melted, and barring some prior disaster, the earth will hit the sun in 100 quintillion years. Bummer.
Data with a Side of Synesthesia. What's better than numbers? Jokes about neurological phenomena involving numbers, of course – this one from the geniuses at the Onion.