Has there ever been a better case of nominative determinism than a man named Arsene becoming manager of Arsenal, setting the league alight, before ultimately leaving the club like a burning building? The literal seconds of thinking I devoted to that assure me the answer is no. [Read More]
How to avoid getting the middle seat on Ryanair flights
I’ve noticed a lot of indignation lately towards the perceived change in how Ryanair allocates seats. For those unfamiliar with budget airline policies, Ryanair assigns you a seat at random unless you pay a charge—typically between €4 and €10. The ire has been directed at the claim that Ryanair have... [Read More]
Which is the best/most quotable Simpsons episode?
I’m one of those annoying people who make Simpsons references at any and every opportunity. In fact, in recent years I reckon my main interaction with the show has been making obscure references to it rather than actually watching episodes. I’m the worst, I know, but, I also know I’m... [Read More]
Distilling the Christmas spirit with stats
People really love alcohol at Christmas. Or, at the very least they love searching for alcohol at Christmas. In each of the last five years, the search volume for some of the most popular alcoholic spirits has peaked dramatically around the week of Christmas. Is this what people mean when... [Read More]
Is Christmas coming earlier on Reddit?
I promised myself I wouldn’t do this again. I promised it after writing this article 3 years ago and I promised it again when I wrote a corrected less incorrect version last year. But, then I discovered FiveThirtyEight’s How the Internet Talks project and couldn’t resist trying to answer this... [Read More]