Bizarre correlations that will leave you wishing Nicolas Cage would retire

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Sunday 10 August 2014 15:50

Do you like margarine? The future of your relationship may depend on it, according to these outlandish correlations, where cause and effect have gone firmly out the window.

1. The more films Nicolas Cage makes, the more people drown

With a big hat tip to Spurious Correlations, this is the relationship between people drowning in swimming pools in the US and Nicolas Cage films. On average 54.5 people drown in a pool for every Cage film, while 51 people lost their lives due to 2000's Family Man with Tea Leoni. Was it worth it, Nic?

2. Lemon imports prevent highway deaths

Mexican lemon imports are keeping America's motorways safe, - or at least they are according to this graph.

3. Eat butter, get divorced

Margarine is not for lovers.

4. Internet Explorer makes people want to kill each other

Competition in the web browser market might not be good for Microsoft, but it has brought down murder rates. As spotted on Twitter.

5. Global warming is caused by a pirate shortage

Thank you for proving this once and for all, Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster.

6. Zero-hour contracts in the UK determine Greek debt levels

There is no other explanation for this 0.63 per cent correlation: Greek debt levels as a percentage of GDP are clearly set according to the number of zero-hour contracts in the UK. As spotted by the i100 team.