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Animation: The Earnings of the Biggest Movie Franchises Over the Last 20 Years

 

From Iron Man to Luke Skywalker, viewers love watching their favorite heroes triumph over evil time and time again. These successful movie franchises have won our hearts, and padded film studios’ wallets in the process.

Today’s animation comes from Reddit user /u/rebellious_scum and it charts North American box office sales for select movie franchises, as reported by movie data website The Numbers. The daily ticket earnings were captured from May 19, 1999 (release date of Star Wars: Episode I) to April 4, 2019 and adjusted for inflation….CLICK for complete article

Median Age of the Population in Every Country

With a few notable exceptions, the world is rapidly aging.

Today’s infographic, which was shared by Bill Gates on Reddit, shows this incredible explosion in age and how different countries contrast with one another on this demographic metric.

While aging populations in Europe, North America, and Asia stand out…Click here for full article and infographic.

They’re In The Hole! Sportsbooks Lose Big On Tiger’s Masters Win

Tiger Woods threw up his arms and joined a jubilant Masters crowd in celebrating his win Sunday, easing 14 years of injury- and scandal-related frustration since his last win at Augusta. But while Woods roared and his fans went wild, the burgeoning American sportsbook industry felt like it just hit one in the water.

Bettors liked Woods and sportsbooks lost big.

Last Tuesday, a bettor walked into the William Hill PL/ADR  sportsbook at the SLS Casino in Las Vegas and put $85,000 down on an improbable Woods comeback…Click here for full article.

Champagne Sales Slow As European Economic Worries Grow Louder

While Brexit and yellow vest protestors have caused many economic uncertainties across the Eurozone, the champagne crisis in France and Britain is just another example of how the regional economy is headed for disaster. Click here for full article.

How Would People React To A Social Media Tax? Look At Uganda

The Arab Spring that destabilized governments in the Middle East began in the spring of 2011. Nearly a decade later, the full repercussions of the uprisings are starting to hit home with some governments adopting a new strategy to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.  Arab Spring protesters primarily used social media networks to successfully effect regime changes. And now some autocratic governments are hitting back by trying to limit citizens’ access to these tools. One such country is Uganda.

The East African nation with a population of 43 million has become the latest country to attempt to gag the voice of its citizens after imposing a social media tax intended to…Click here for full article.