The 2002 Iraqi presidential referendum, according to β€œofficial statistics”, had a β€œ100% turnout” in which every eligible voter in the country of 11.4 million, supposedly voted β€œyes” to continuing Saddam Hussein’s rule. Not a single vote for β€œno”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
Babies actually use statistics in order to determine what words or sounds they should use, patterns they should recognize, and how they should behave. nature.com/news/2008/0803…
"Sabermetrics" is the empirical analysis of baseball, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity. Rush lead man Geddy Lee is a sabermetric enthusiast as well as an avid baseball memorabilia collector. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
A statistics professor derived the mathematical formula for a "perfect snowman" that balances aesthetics with slowing down the melting process: it should be 1.6m (5ft 4in) tall with three large snowballs of 80cm, 50cm, and 30cm bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articl…
Today I learned about the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 50/30/20 personal budgeting rule: allocate 50% of your annual income to necessities like housing, 30% to discretionary expenses like travel, and the remaining 20% to savings. businessinsider.com/livin…
In 1916 soldiers with a femur fracture had an 80% chance of dying. The introduction of the Thomas Splint reversed this statistic, giving soldiers with the same injury an 80% survival rate by 1917. walesonline.co.uk/lifesty…
Today I learned about the the importance of data visualisation thanks to the Datasaurus (other datasets) which have identical simple descriptive statistics (so they look like very similar data) but very different distributions (so they look completely different when properly visualised) autodesk.com/research/pub…
The t-test, well known by researchers and statistics students everywhere, was invented by William Sealy Gosset, who unknowingly revolutionized modern scientific methods while working for his "institution," Guinness Brewery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about shrinkflation, the practice of stealthily reducing a product's size while maintaining its price so that consumers may unknowingly pay the same for less. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, 2,529 supermarket products decreased in size or weight between 2012 and 2017. bbc.com/capital/story/201…
The boson, which is often referred to in the U.S. popular media's the "god-particle" is named after Satyenda Nath Bose, who was not only a contemporary of Einstein, but was also his collaborator in developing Bose-Einstein statistics and the theory of the Bose-Einstein condensate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat…
Despite having a PHD in statistics, Carl Gugasian, the most prolific bank robber in American history AKA the Friday Bank Robber, chose a life of crime because he feared that he would never find a job due to spending 2 years in prison as a teenager for robbing a candy store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A statistician spent years writing a science fiction novel to teach university statistics. Even though he didn't know anything about writing fiction, he got an illustrator to create graphic novel strips for his story which contained the equivalent of 60 research papers discoveringstatistics.com…
In 2015, New York City went 12 days without a reported homicide. It was the longest streak since the NYPD began recording statistics with a computer program in 1994. The previous record was 10 days. edition.cnn.com/2015/02/1…
Every academic major in the US has a six-digit classification code per the National Center for Education Statistics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
The US and the UK each acquire statistics regarding foodborne illnesses in such different ways that researchers basically cannot compare each country's results to the other's. food.gov.uk/research/food…
According to data from UK national mortality statistics, even people aged 85 or more have higher chance of being able to see their next birthday than die. bandolier.org.uk/booth/Ri…
In 2009 OkCupid statistics showed that women rate 80% of men "below average" theblog.okcupid.com/your-…
$30,000 in 1964 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $248,476.45 in 2019, a difference of $218,476.45 over 54 years. The 1964 inflation rate was 1.31%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today's prices in 2019 are 728.25% higher than average prices in 1964 in2013dollars.com/
Today I learned of a woman who has won the Lottery four times since 1993. She was outed as a PhD of Statistics from Standford University and had figured out the pseudo-number generator for the distribution of the winning tickets. She won a total of $17million, and has since moved to Las Vegas. news.com.au/finance/money…
"50% of US marriages end in divorce" statistic is very misleading. In reality, divorce rates peaked in the early 1980s and have been steadily decreasing since then. If current trends continue, only one third of today's marriages will end in divorce. nytimes.com/2014/12/02/up…
In 2014, The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statistic, which states 8 out of every 10 law enforcement members are overweight. dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/08/…
The "50% of US marriages end in divorce" statistic is misleading. In reality, divorce rates peaked in the early 1980s and have been steadily decreasing since then. If current trends continue, only a third of today's marriages will end in a divorce. nytimes.com/2014/12/02/up…
After running late to a class, George Dantzig copied down two problems he thought were homework and solved them. The two problems were in fact two famous unsolved problems in statistics, which later earned him his doctorate. snopes.com/college/homewo…
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara, intending to show how statistics can be used misleadingly, received statistically significant results when scanning a salmon with fMRI to show that it's brain responded differently to photos of different social situations. The salmon was dead. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Today I learned of George Dantzig, who was late to class and solved two famously unsolved statistics problems because he thought they were homework. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Henryk Siwiak was fatally shot on 9/11/2001 and because the deaths from the terror attacks are not included in the city's official crime statistics, Siwiak's death is the only homicide recorded in New York City on that date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Today I learned of the McNamara fallacy: choosing whether or not to do something solely based on statistics, and ignoring non-quantifiable confounding factors. It is named for US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's assumption that a greater personnel count would have lead the US to victory against Vietnam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McN…
In the U.S., statistics suggest that rides at mobile carnivals and fairs have a better safety record than those at fixed site parks (Disneyland, Six Flags, etc.) because the former are subject to federal oversight and inspection while the latter are not. virginiasolesmith.com/wp-…
The mathematician George Dantzig solved two of the most famous problems of statistics, because he came into class too late to hear that they were supposed to be unsolvable www-history.mcs.st-andrew…
The percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native undergrads within the Ivy League colleges rests at around 0.5%. With 175 American Indian and/or Alaska Native undergraduates at The College on the Hill, Dartmouth boasts a much higher statistic β€” 4% of the student body ivycoach.com/the-ivy-coac…
An associate professor of mathematics used statistics to invent a Scrabble game to be played in Cree rather than English. The normal Scrabble board is too small for Cree β€” English uses five characters per word on average, Cree uses 10 β€” so he uses a Super Scrabble board cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat…
78% of Qataris think that there is a great deal of respect for individual human rights in their country. They are leader in this statistic by a mile with the world average as low as 15%. (World Values Survey, 2014) worldvaluessurvey.org/WVS…
Today I learned about Henryk Siwiak, victim of the only "official" homicide recorded in NYC on 9/11/01 (deaths in the terrorist attack were not counted as homicides in NYC's official statistics.) He was shot once and died as a result shortly before midnight on 9/11. His killer and the motive are still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Despite Apple's recent decade of marketing successes, latest statistics show the Windows PC still holds over 90% market share. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/U…
Major League Baseball had an official statistic called the "Game Winning RBI(s)" which it kept track of from the 1980 to 1988 seasons sabr.org/latest/birth-lif…
The Bernoulli Principle from physics and the Bernoulli Distribution from statistics are actually named after different people. One for Daniel Bernoulli, and the other for his uncle Jakob Bernoulli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Joan Ginther: a mathematician with a Stanford PhD in statistics - who won the lottery 4 times already, accumulating over 20 million $. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 there were 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees -- a number exceeding that of uniformed personnel in the U.S. Army. bloombergview.com/article…
, according to FBI statistics, violent bank robberies are incredibly rare. In fact, most bank robberies (61%) involve a single person handing the teller a note and then walking out without incident. masslive.com/news/index.s…
As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, mathematician George Dantzig showed up late to a statistics class and mistook two famously unsolved statistics problems as a homework assignment. He solved them and turned them in a few days later, believing his assignment was overdue. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of a woman who has won the Lottery four times since 1993. She was outed as a PhD of Statistics from Standford University and had figured out the pseudo-number generator for the distribution of the winning tickets. She allegedly still spends 2 months a year playing scratchers to win again. businessinsider.com/4-tim…
Any statistic along the lines of β€œthe top X people have the same amount of wealth as the bottom Y people” is misleading due to the massive amount of people who have a negative net worth. blogs.reuters.com/felix-s…
A former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specializing in statistics has won the lottery FOUR times dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…
Statistics suggest that for every one case of celiac disease that is diagnosed, 6.4 cases remain undiagnosedβ€”the majority of which are atypical forms without gastrointestinal symptoms; even many patients who are eventually diagnosed don’t experience an upset stomach after consuming gluten. chriskresser.com/the-symp…
As a PhD student, American mathematician George Bernard Dantzig showed up late to a statistics class and mistook two famous unsolved statistics problems as homework. He solved them and turned them in a week later, believing his assignment was overdue. phpsimplex.com/en/Dantzig…
The rate at which NBA players make free throws has remained around 75% for 50 years. While athletes continue to get faster, throw farther, and jump higher β€” and records are broken across a variety of other sports β€” this statistic persists. nytimes.com/2009/03/04/sp…
The Body Mass Index (BMI) was created for a social statistics experiment, and was never intended to be an indicator of health. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Eurostat statistics demonstrate that in Denmark the animal significantly outnumbers the human population – for every 100 residents there are 215 pigs. cphpost.dk/news/babes-eve…
That, if it were a real place, Cabot Cove would top the FBI National Crime Statistics in numerous categories, and exceed the homicide rate of the real life murder capital of the world by 60%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…

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