At Slate, Ben Blatt has analyzed Waldo’s location in each puzzle of the seven main Where’s Waldo books, applied some statistical analysis and … unlocked a pattern to where Waldo usually is. I’m not going to spoil it, but I think he’s on to something.
It’s the finest use of data analysis that I’ve seen in recent memory. Of course, I don’t have a very good memory, but I’m pretty sure I’m right.
Waldo books aren’t the largest and most airtight data set, but they were put together by a human being, and it’s not unlikely that there’s an unconscious pattern at play in the striped wanderer’s usual hiding place. I suspect these might not be gold-medal winning statistics, but it’s a really fun analysis all the same. Go check out the full rundown, and get ready to impress your friends with your Sherlockesque powers of perception!
Now if only he could give me some tips for those magic eye puzzles …