Birthdays, Earthday, and Probability

I turned 32 a few days ago on April 22 (Earth Day), and like many people I sometimes wonder about who shares a birthday with me and what are the chances of meeting someone born on the same day as me.

There are several ways to answer this question, and I’ll consider two. The first is simple but involves making an estimate based on assumptions and no real data. (more…)

Is Charlotte Really all that Weird? A Look at Religious Demographics

This is Part 3 of our continuing series fact-checking the Huffington Post article titled, “15 Reasons Why Charlotte is the Weirdest.” If you missed our first two posts, you can read Part 1 by clicking here and Part two by clicking here.

As in our earlier posts, we’ll be taking a look at how Charlotte compares to the other U.S. cities that rank among the top 25 according to population (Charlotte is currently ranked # 17).

In this post, we’ll specifically take a look at data on the religious demographics of our city in order to address the following claim about Charlotte:

Huffington Post Claim: “Everything Is Oddly Evangelical”


Is Charlotte really all that weird? A look at number of notable residents

This is Part 2 of our continuing series investigating the claims made about Charlotte in a recent Huffington Post article titled, “15 Reasons Why Charlotte is the Weirdest.” Click here to read Part 1, in which we investigated the claim that no one currently living in Charlotte is actually from nearby surrounding areas.

In this post, we’re taking a closer look at the following claim:

Huffington Post Claim:

Charlotte has three celebrities (Michael Jordan, Cam Newton, and Ryan Lochte), which makes it relatively easy to stalk spot them around town.


Is Charlotte really all that weird? A look at percentage of residents born in the same state.

The Huffington Post recently published an article called 15 Reasons Why Charlotte is the Weirdest.

Although the article is probably not meant to be taken entirely seriously (at least that’s my hope, otherwise it’s pretty poorly written piece full of cherry-picked criticisms and unsubstantiated claims), it generated quite a response from some Charlotte locals. For instance, Creative Loafing Charlotte quickly published a rebuttal that is partly a critique and criticism of the original Huffington Post piece and partly a listing of what they at CLC regard as some of the more legitimate quirks of our city.

Given the largely negative response this article elicited throughout much of Charlotte, we thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look into some of the points the author raised and to “fact-check” each of the claims for which we can find available and relevant data (some points the author raises, such as the fact that Downtown is called Uptown, can’t necessarily be disputed with data, so we won’t focus on those…it’s up to you as to whether you think it is “weird” to refer to the center of the city as Uptown rather than Downtown).