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Top Burger Chains in the US According to QSR Magazine

As part of quick-service restaurant magazine QSR's feature on the top 50 quick service/fast casual brands in the country in 2010, you can view their burger chain rankings with info on total sales and units. According to the chart, the top five burger chains are McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic, and Jack in the Box. Five Guys had the most growth, while Hardee's had the highest decrease in units. More

Burger Love in Social Media

From social media consultant Jason Falls comes this chart illustrating reception of major burger brands in social media based on volume of conversation, sentiment, and passion, using data pulled by ConsumerBase. In-N-Out had the most volume, but came in second for positive chatter right behind Five Guys. White Castle was the most polarizing between love and hate, and Wendy's was most disliked, although not passionately so. Read more at Falls' site, Social Media Explorer. More

Charts: Big Mac Inflation vs Official Inflation Rates

If you don't trust governments to truthfully report their inflation rates, what's one burger-related way you can cross-check official inflation rates? Check out the prices of their countries' Big Macs over the years. The Economist introduced the Big Mac Index in 1986 as a simple way to calculate the values of currencies around the world against the US dollar using the theory of purchasing power parity"the notion that a dollar should buy the same amount in all countries." Last week The Economist published this updated chart of Big Mac inflation minus official inflation rates. (Of course, Big Mac prices can't tell you everything about inflation. Because..it's a burger.) [via Karen L.] More

Flowchart: 'You Dropped Food on the Floor. Do You Eat It?'

[Image: Audrey Fukman and Andy Wright on SFoodie] When it comes to eating food that has touched the floor, if you're a Megalosaurus you can eat whatever the hell you want. The rest of us should check this flowchart from SFoodie. Most cases point to yes. [via Buzzfeed] Related Flowchart: 'Where Should I Eat, Fast Food Edition' Flowchart: 'What Should I Eat, Cereal Edition' Flowchart: 'What Candy Should I Eat?'... More

Guide to When Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season

[Image: Good.is] Good magazine reminds you what produce to buy locally with this colorful guide to the seasonality of ten common fruits and vegetables around the United States. Related Worldwide Meat Consumption Infographic Sources of Food Poisoning Infographic... More

Data Visualization: Subway Locations in the U.S.

[Image: Dagoosh!] If you've ever passed a Subway and thought, "Wait, didn't i just pass one 20 seconds ago?" this map of Subway locations in the U.S. from Dagoosh! won't surprise you. Aside from the lack of a fiery red glow, It doesn't look very different from the McDonald's locations map. The farthest you can be from a Subway is 138 miles, between the towns of Austin and Eureka. [via Buzzfeed]... More

Data Visualization: Distances to Nearest McDonald's

[Map: Weather Sealed] In an attempt to find the most remote piece of wilderness in the lower 48 states, Stephen Von Worley of the blog Weather Sealed created this visualization that represents distances to the nearest McDonald's. Between the tiny Dakotan hamlets of Meadow and Glad Valley lies the McFarthest Spot: 107 miles distant from the nearest McDonald's, as the crow flies, and 145 miles by car! [via Chris H.]... More

Worldwide Meat Consumption Infographic

[Image: Good.is] Good magazine's latest Transparency features this infographic illustrating the meat consumption of the highest and lowest meat-consuming countries in the world. Denmark is number one with 321.7 pounds per capita per year, and Bhutan is the lowest at 6.6 pounds. Related Caffeine and Calories Chart Behold the Bacon Pig... More

Caffeine and Calories Chart

Information Is Beautiful The Buzz vs The Bulge from data visualization blog Information is Beautiful plots the calorie content of beverages against their caffeine content, along with a few common non-caffeinated foods to use for comparison. Related An Illustrated Graph on Tasty Desserts Funny Pie Chart A Pie Chart of Pies... More

Dough and Batter Ratios Chart

Food writer Michael Ruhlman and his wife, Donna, put together a chart illustrating common dough and batter ratios to give a quick overview of how much flour, liquid, egg, fat or butter, and sugar goes into pasta, biscuits, pancakes, and more. Go to his blog to buy an 11-by-14-inch print of the chart for $20. He'll put up a PDF version later for those who want to print it at home. Related: Michael Ruhlman's New Book: 'Ratio'... More

A Slice of Chocolate Pie Chart

Even if you don't like percentages and figures, the financial crisis has caused everyone to be a little more aware of numbers. Lucky for us, the idea of number-crunching can be converted to chocolate-munching. Tina Roth Eisenberg of the blog Swiss Miss, clued us in to Mary & Matt's chocolate pie chart. At five and a half ounces, the chocolate breakdown works to, 70 percent milk, 20 percent dark, and 10 percent white. How do you like those numbers? I just wish there were something like this when I was studying the math section for the GREs, I am sure my score would have been higher.... More

Hungry? How About Bacon?

The Bacon Flowchart knows what your heart desires; if you tell it that you don't want bacon, it will insist that, actually, you do want bacon. It will also insist that you put on some pants before cooking the bacon.... More

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