To see how Christmas has changed over the last century, Stacker explored how popular traditions, like food and decorations, emerged and evolved from 1920 to 2020 in the U.S. and around the world. Stacker also found when some of the most popular Christmas songs, movies, and books entered the canon of the holiday season and gifts that topped many Christmas lists over the years. Read on to discover how Christmas has evolved over the past century. Visit thestacker.com for similar lists and stories.
Toy shopping has transformed over the past 100 years, whether because of advancements in the products themselves or the marketplace. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong, from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success. Here are the top holiday toys from the year you were born, counting up from 1920 to today. May they fill your heart—and stockings!—with joy. Visit thestacker.com for similar lists and stories.
To identify history's deadliest weapons, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a report called "Quantification Related to Weapon Lethality,” originally issued in 1964 by the Historical Evaluation and Research Organization for the U.S. Army Combat Developments Command. It rates the lethal potential of various weapons on such quantifiable measures as number of potential targets per strike, relative effect, effective range, accuracy, reliability, and mobility.
24/7 Tempo has developed a list of the best and worst states for millennials, using data compiled by the credit reporting and advice site WalletHub. WalletHub compared states across five key dimensions: affordability; education and health; quality of life; economic health; and civic engagement. The dimensions were evaluated using 34 variously weighted metrics, including everything from singles- and family-friendliness to share of millennial smokers and binge drinkers to average earnings and labor force participation rate grown for members of the generation. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
To identify the companies that pay no tax, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the July 29, 2021, report "Corporate Tax Avoidance Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Companies are ranked by their effective tax rate. Market values and year-to-date stock price gains are as of the first week of November. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
To identify the percent change in tobacco sales every year since 2000, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the FTC’s Cigarette Report for 2020. The report does not include sales of e-cigarette. Americans purchased more cigarette last year, though the uptick was small — only a 0.4% increase to 203.7 billion from 202.9 billion in 2019. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s most dangerous states. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
To identify the worst movies of all time, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the 22,407 movies in our database for which ratings were available from both IMDb, an online movie database owned by Amazon, and Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator. We created an index using average IMDb ratings and Rotten Tomatoes audience scores and Tomatometer scores. Ties were broken based on the number of IMDb votes. (Casting information also comes from IMDb.)
To find the state where most people are quitting their jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the BLS report State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary for August, the most recent available. We included the quit rate — the number of people quitting during the month as a percent of total employment — for August, the increase in quit rate from July to August, and the change in the number of quits from July to August. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
Using data from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program, 24/7 Tempo identified America’s laziest states. States are ranked on the share of adults 20 and older who report no leisure-time physical activity. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
The Delta wave of the coronavirus began to subside in the U.S. in late September, but congestion in the global supply chain linked to the pandemic continues to torment businesses and consumers. While price inflation for gasoline, electricity, and used vehicles backed away from summertime highs, price increases at the grocery store accelerated, led by a 10.5% jump in meat, poultry, fish, and eggs over the 12 months ending in September. Still, when looking at the long-term trend of two American breakfast staples, bacon and eggs, 2020 prices were not a complete anomaly. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .
Which chemicals and food production standards that are acceptable and common in foods in the United States are illegal in other countries? Stacker researched 30 common American foods that are banned internationally. Click through Stacker’s list to discover 30 everyday American food products with ingredients that are banned in other countries. Visit thestacker.com for similar lists and stories.
To determine the states that have the most active-duty military personnel, 24/7 Wall St. used military personnel data from the Department of Defense, current as of June 2021 and adjusted per 100,000 total state population.
24/7 Tempo drew on information from the websites of places alleged to be haunted, paranormal resource materials and media reports to determine the creepiest haunted place in every state. We considered the number of cited haunting incidents as well as the story behind a place’s spectral episodes. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. . (John Harrington and Grant Suneson, 24/7 Wall St.)
To determine the most played Halloween songs of all time, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on sales, streams, and airplay from music magazine Billboard. Songs were ranked according to a cumulative score based on their performance on the Billboard Hot 100. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. . (Hristina Byrnes and Evan Comen, 24/7 Wall St.)