TIME

Every Execution in U.S. History in a Single Chart

See the rise and fall of methods of capital punishment since 1700—from hanging to burning to lethal injection, including Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona

Mouse over or tap a bar in the chart to see the figures for that year.

A botched lethal injection in Arizona Wednesday followed a similar episode in Oklahoma this spring. The incidents have once again thrown the prevailing method of execution in the United States into turmoil.

How states have executed prisoners has changed over time. More than half of the 15,723 executions in U.S. history have been by hanging. Today, lethal injection has replaced electrocution as the dominant method of capital punishment in the United States. Lethal injection has failed to quickly kill a convict before this year too. (There were no executions from 1967 to 1977. They resumed following a Supreme Court ruling.)

Data for historical executions through 1976 are derived from research conducted by M. Watt Espy and John Ortiz Smykla. Data since the end of the hiatus come from the Death Penalty Information Center.

Emily Maltby and Lon Tweeten contributing reporting to this story. The source code for this project is available on Time’s GitHub page. This post has been updated from its original posting on April 30, 2014, to reflect most recent figures.

TIME Arts

Here’s How the World’s Most Creative People Organize Their Daily Routines

From Maya Angelou to Beethoven to Picasso

Never sure how to budget your time each day to maximize your productivity and enhance your creativity? Well, perhaps you should take a cue from some of history’s most successful and prolific artists, writers, musicians and thinkers. This interactive tool created by Podio compares the daily schedules of some of history’s most famous creative types.

(View full-size. via Podio).

So if you’re looking to create some new daily habits, allow these folks to be your inspiration.

TIME Music

Five Years After Michael Jackson’s Death, Take a Look Back at His Iconic Style

This infographic highlights the King of Pop's 10 fashion trademarks

Today, June 25, marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. The folks over at Stylight created this infographic to pay tribute to the King of Pop and his iconic style. Behold, MJ’s 10 signature fashion trademarks, plus some fun facts about each one:

Michael Jackson King of Style Infographic

 

TIME Food & Drink

Here’s Where You’ll Find the Cheapest (and Priciest) Beer Around the World

Plus other fun facts about brewskis

If you’re planning a trip during which you hope to drink a lot of beer — because beer is a delicious and wonderful thing — then you’d probably want to avoid countries where brews are excessively expensive or where people aren’t super enthusiastic about drinking them, right? Well, the folks over at the personal finance website FinancesOnline.com crunched some numbers and crafted this infographic to break down beer prices and drinking habits across the globe.

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TIME movies

The Number of Feature Films Directed by Women Is Depressingly Low

Only one woman has been hired to direct two feature films in the past five years

It’s not shocking to learn that being a female director in Hollywood is hard, but this infographic shows just how tough life behind the camera can be. And as TIME’s Eliana Dockterman has previously reported, that might be Hollywood’s loss.

Women Directors Infographic
This graphic from Women and Hollywood shows how few movies have been directed by women in the last five years. Women and Hollywood—Indiewire

 

TIME

Will Your Baseball Team Make the Playoffs?

Last updated June 25.

As a Phillies fan, I’ve become adept at constructing outlandish scenarios for how the team can pull it together. For the millions of fans who root for struggling baseball teams, it’s this faith in baseball miracles that keeps us hanging on. The chart above is your guide to how often those miracles actually happen.

In mid-May, when the Phils were still dog paddling around a .500 record, I started to wonder how many teams in their same position at that point in the season went on to make the playoffs. Using Retrosheet.org, I pulled the box scores for the 43,404 regular season games that have been played since 1996, the first full season after Major League Baseball went to a three-round playoff system with eight teams.

By the morning of June 8, for example, the Phillies were carrying a 25-35 record. As it happens, 18 teams since 1996 have had that same record after 60 games. Only one of them, the 2005 Houston Astros, made the playoffs. Judging by history, in other words, the 2014 Phillies had only a 6 percent chance of seeing the postseason on June 8. (The list at the bottom of this article has always-current standings based on these odds.)

Of course, every season is different, and to make the postseason a ball club is competing against the other teams in the league, not other teams in history. Flukes and miracles do happen. (Recall that the Padres won the NL West in 2005 with an 82-80 record.) Judging by history, however, teams like the Phillies have virtually no chance whatsoever to turn things around. It’s over long before it’s over.

Methodology

The information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet. Interested parties may contact Retrosheet. The data does not include tie-breaker games played among wild card contenders or the small handful of tie games that have occurred since 1996.

TIME Business

Here’s A Ranking Of The Richest Superheroes

Because who cares about all the times you saved Gotham from villainous underlords?

There are many ways to measure a superhero’s worth. Numbers of babies saved is a pretty solid one. And then there’s the literal way of measuring a superhero’s net worth.

Buddy Loans created a chart that itemizes the wealthiest superheroes and villains. Because who cares about stopping that comet hurdling towards earth if your stock portfolio isn’t impressive?

worlds richest superheroes

courtesy of BuddyLoans.com

MORE: Understanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe

TIME Television

It Would Take You 10 Days to Watch Every Episode of Law & Order: SVU

But only 10 hours to watch all of 'Firefly'

Last week, we shared Nielsen’s infographic that outlined just how much of your life you’d need to set aside to to binge-watch popular TV shows like Breaking Bad and The West Wing. Now, Nielsen has crunched some more numbers to throw 25 additional shows into the mix.

Some key findings here: It would take 15 and a half days to marathon every single episode of Doctor Who, 10 days and 10 hours to get through all of Law & Order: SVU and nearly seven days for all of Grey’s Anatomy. If any of that seems too daunting, we recommend choosing Firefly for your next binge session, since that will only cost you 10 hours.

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TIME

And Now, a Guide To The World According To Cats

We must take a trip to the Moscow Cats Theater immediately

There are 200 million pet cats in the world. So to honor these pets — and to appease the people of the internet, who are pretty into four legged creatures of the cat variety — CheapFlights.com created a guide to what the world looks like according to cats. Now that you know there’s a cat theater in Moscow, won’t you be making better informed future travel decisions?

The World According to Cats

 

 

The World According to Cats [Infographic] by the team at Cheapflights

 

TIME Internet

‘Cat Dating’ and Other Weird Things People Are Searching For on Google

Ever wondered why men have nipples? You're not alone

Have you ever Googled something really weird and then wondered what strange things other people must be searching for?

Well, this infographic created by Australian agency SearchFactory visualizes worldwide average monthly search data to show just how weird people’s queries really are:

Weird Google Searches Infographic

 

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