A graphic at the Washington Post show the amount of money spent on “pork-barrel” projects over the past 10 years. The graphic is captioned as:

The amount of money spent on pork barrel projects — special state or local projects tacked onto federal legislation —

has almost tripled(emphasis mine)[…]

Except, the numbers in the figure show an increase from $29.1 billion to $52.7 billion. That’s not even double, much nearly triple! It’s only 81%! Of course, it’s probable that the caption writer intended to describe the lower part of the graph which shows the *number* of projects, rather than the total amount. In that case, the value has increased from 4,155 to 14,211 in 10 years, which is 242%.

So the WaPo is either guilty of mathematical illiteracy or or just plain botched the caption. You decide…