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A Bar by Any Other Name

Do you know how your favorite local bar got its name? Have you ever wondered why some towns have a wealth of taverns while others feature cafes or saloons? Using Factual’s data and a little research, I took a closer look at the menu of bar names across the US to see what I could find....

Jack in the Who? Popular Fast Food You’ve Never Heard Of

We are often surprised when things we’ve grown up with and become accustomed to are utterly foreign to people on the other side of the same country. To explore this idea, I took a spin through Factual’s data to look at fast food chains around the US that, depending on who you talk to, might be...

Solving the Christmas Conundrum: Using Global Places Data to Optimize Holiday Shopping

Now that it’s December, the holiday season is fully upon us. Here in the US, it is impossible to escape the season of gifting, even if you don’t celebrate Christmas. Whether for your office Secret Santa, to avoid showing up empty handed to a holiday party, or to appease your mother who always insists on getting...

A Slice of Factual’s Data: Analyzing Pizza Preferences Across the US

Thin crust or deep dish? There are about as many uses for Factual's dataset as there are data points. Today, we leveraged this power to solve one of life's more important questions: which is more popular New York or Chicago style pizza? To find the truth, we cracked open our Restaurants Data1 and took a look at...

nfu: Command-line Numeric Fu

Note: Explore nfu on Github here We often use the UNIX command line for ad-hoc data crunching. Most of the time we have the good sense to use a better tool after the first 100 characters or so, but sometimes we’ll just blow past the right margin with a string of sort, uniq -c, sort -nr,...