The Best Justice League

August 31, 2011 in Editorial, Top

Today, DC comics, the owner of such venerable characters as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, completes the reboot of its universe, restarting all of its comic book titles with issue #1.

One of the comic series to be restarted will be The Justice League of America, the DC Comics Superhero Team that consists of the most popular DC characters. Over the past fifty years The Justice League of America has had a variety of team rosters to help fight against crime. The DC reboot has prompted analysis about which version of The Justice League of America was the best. This analysis has generally focused on the quality of the story telling and the art work over the history of the series.

This is a mistake. It should be obvious to everybody that the only true way to decide which version of the JLA was the most successful is to look at the effect that the various incarnations of the team had on the crime rate in the United States. Using crime data from the FBI, Centives decided to find out, once and for all, which version of The Justice League of America was the best. Here is what we found: Read the rest of this entry →

How Much Does it Cost to go to Hogwarts?

July 14, 2011 in Editorial, Top

In honour of the release of the final Harry Potter Film, Centives decided to investigate what it would cost to go to Hogwarts.

Hogwarts is believed to be the best wizarding school in England. The average tuition for a year at England’s five most prestigious boarding schools is about £25,800.

On page 51 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry receives a letter detailing the equipment that he is required to purchase for Hogwarts. The letter is reproduced here. Centives went to to estimate how much each of the items would cost.

Three sets of plain robes

Each set of robes costs Read the rest of this entry →