Cupcakes, Ramen, and Toast in 4 different cities

Yelp just released a cool tool that lets you explore trends for its 10th anniversary, so naturally we looked up cupcakes, ramen, and toast in 4 different cities.





We’ve recently heard that toast has become a thing, but unfortunately, we couldn’t find it in the data. It’s possible that specialty toast might be mixed up with the normal toast. What we did find was the rise of ramen and decline of cupcakes in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. But we all probably knew that.

Stock Performance And CEO Pay Are…



Generally speaking, if CEO pay was related to stock performance you would expect to see a cloud of data points moving up to the right. Instead, we’re left with a jumble of points that suggest no relationship.

Kudos to Eric Chemi and Ariana Giorgi at Bloomberg Businessweek for the interesting insight. You can see the whole interactive (mousing over will give you details and the company and CEO) on their site. 

How The Burrito Became A Sandwich


We all know what a sandwich is. It’s something delicious, slapped between two slices of bread.

But when it comes to taxes, nothing is simple.

On today’s show, we explore how a simple thing like taxes on food can break open a world of interlocking exemptions, rule bending, and philosophical questions like: when is a burrito a sandwich?

United Changed Its Frequent Flier Program

Last month, United Airlines announced that it will give frequent flier miles based on dollars spent instead of miles flown. The number of miles per dollar vary, but basically the average traveler will get five miles per every dollar he or she spends.

To see how this affects the average traveler, Slate pulled the data and produced a pretty neat interactive

Here’s how to interpret the graph: The dark grey line is the 5 miles per dollar mark that United has stated that it will pay. Each dot represents a flight. If the dot is above the line, you’re getting a better deal. If it’s below, then its a worse deal.

Based on this analysis, Slate produced a couple of rules in order to get the most frequent flier miles for your dollar. Here’s a sample: fly rural airports and avoid California.

Almost No One Pays The Estate Tax

"…is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds a specified exemption level, currently first $5.25 million of every estate (effectively $10.5 million per married couple) is exempt from tax (with that level indexed for inflation).”  

I had no idea that the threshold for estate taxes were so high. (H/T John Oliver for reviving this paper


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