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Guy Kawasaki posted this on Twitter today, and I found it very interesting.  The Nerdy Science Blog had a post on the 8th titled “Safest Seat On A Plane“.  Most of the meat of the article consists of this illustration:

The first thing that drew my attention was the dark red seats and where they were in relation to the exits on the plane.  That makes some sense – the further away from the exits you are will mean the more distance you have to travel to get out.

What I found interesting about this article was that the seats in the exits rows were the lightest green.  The ones colored the darkest green were a few rows behind or in front of the exits.  Why would sitting right next to an exit not give you a better chance of survival in a crash?

Then I checked the legend.

As it turns out, very dark red indicates seats that have the lowest survival rate, but very dark green does NOT indicate seats with the highest survival rate.  The light green seats are, in fact the ones with the highest rates of survival, which is logical since they are the ones right next to the exits.

It looks as though the illustrator sacrificed clarity in the illustration (where redder reds mean lower rates and greener greens mean higher rates) for a smoother color gradient in the legend.

July 10, 2008 - Posted by | General

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