Archive for March, 2010

Most Popular Day to Rob a Bank

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Most Popular Day to Rob a Bank

In 2009, there were more than 6,000 robberies, burglaries and larcenies committed in banks across the United States—almost 1,000 fewer than in 2008. Thankfully, only twenty-one people were killed during these incidents and each of those was one of the criminals involved. Of the over $45,000 taken during these robberies, only $8,000 has been recovered.

Most important to those who’d rather avoid being present for a bank robbery, though, is the day most of them occurred. The most popular day of the week to rob a bank was Friday. Twenty percent of the heists occurred on Fridays, with Mondays and Tuesdays being the second and third most popular days at 18% and 17%, respectively.

The least popular days were, unsurprisingly, Saturdays and Sundays.

Twenty-seven percent of the crimes occurred between the hours of 9 and 11 am, while 23% occurred between 11 am and 1 pm and 22% occurred between 3 and 6 pm.

The statistics were compiled in the FBI’s Bank Crime Statistics report for 2009.

World’s Most Popular Web Browser

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

World's Most Popular Browser - Mozilla Firefox

“The most important program on your computer is your web browser—and yet most people aren’t sure which web browser they’re using or what a web browser even is.” So begins a video, posted on Google’s official blog, which briefly attempts to remedy that problem.

Given that information, you might expect Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows’ built-in web browser, to be the most popular browser in the world—and you wouldn’t be far wrong. Between IE6 and IE7, Microsoft’s own browser had a higher market share than any other until January 2009.

According to W3Schools, the current most popular browser is Mozilla Firefox with 46.5% of the market. This is likely due to the good publicity Firefox has received since 2004, when Forbes declared it the best browser. Since then, PC World and CNET.com have both compared it favorably to Internet Explorer. Firefox included tabbed browsing long before it was standard and, in 2006, Mozilla was known to respond more quickly to vulnerabilities in their browser than Microsoft.

The fastest growing browser is also the most recently introduced. Google’s Chrome has, since its release in September 2008, snapped up 11.6% of the market—making it the third most popular browser in the world.

World’s Most Popular Club

Monday, March 8th, 2010

World's Most Popular Club

On February 1st, 2009, Boston’s new House of Blues opened its doors for its first public event. After just one year, that club has become the world’s most popular music venue.

Live Nation, owners of the House of Blues franchise since 2006, opened the new club in the former location of Avalon, one of Boston’s more popular nightclubs. Concert promoter Don Law hoped to book as many as 300 shows in 2009 and, while he fell short of the mark by some 50 shows, the results are impressive nonetheless—no club in the world sold as many tickets that year as the House of Blues in Boston.

The most popular club in the world may have gotten some of its help from the location, next to Fenway Park, and the nostalgia of former patrons of Avalon. It’s also one of the few midsized venues in the city—most of the other venues in Boston can only host a smaller or much larger crowd.