A Decade of Fear Made Pretty

by Liz Colville

The data-makeover blog Information Is Beautiful strikes again with a colorful chart of ten years of fear-mongering media crazes, many of which just won’t go away, even when given ten years to do so. It’s not as scary as the witch-bat-ghost triumvirate that caused the bird crisis, but it does all sort of resemble flames licking away at something, like Earth. Plus, some of the stories are rather ridiculous, yet also undeniably scary when uttered aloud: killer wasps! Jenny McCarthy talking uneducatedly!