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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
$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/
In 2009 OkCupid statistics showed that women rate 80% of men "below average" theblog.okcupid.com/your-…
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/…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
There is no statistics for the actual number of dogs and cats killed in animal shelters in the US while Japan has the statistics. Dogs and cats put to death at shelters in Japan has been decreasing over the last 20 years. funalysis.net/social-issu…
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 "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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, 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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
A theoretical physicist without any PhD, S.N. Bose, derived the equation for the Bose-Einstein Statistics/Condensate. famousscientists.org/s-n-…
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 original singer for Brazilian metal band Sepultura is now a professor of economic science and applied statistics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag…
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…
Agents from the National Bureau of Investigation and Statistics are forbidden to marry, smoke, gamble or play mahjong, and expected to be celibate as well, as their love and lives can only be devoted to China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The man who popularised the phrase β€œlies, damned lies and statistics” went on to become the president of The Royal Statistical Society en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Leo…
Citizens of Russia can legally identify as any ethnicity, real or not. According to official statistics in the 2002 census, there are Russian citizens who identify as Babylonians, Romans, Martians, Goblins, Elves, and Hobbits. ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0…
In order to make it seem like the Nazi party was doing good things, the unemployment statistics from Germany stopped including women, Jews, and young men. historylearningsite.co.uk…
Although she is best-known for nursing, Florence Nightingale was actually a pioneer of statistics, creating the polar graph, and using data to effect change on sanitation practices in India en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
France has no official racial statistics, due to being an "ideally colorblind republicanism" theroot.com/articles/worl…
The number of American soldiers committing suicide is now almost four times higher than those killed in combat (2014 statistic) presstv.com/detail/2014/0…
Today I learned of the identifiable victim effect, which refers to the tendency to offer greater aid when a specific person is observed under hardship, as compared to a large, vaguely defined group. The effect is epitomized by the phrase "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ide…
There's a book that contains a million random numbers and little else. Published in 1955, it was an important work in the field of statistics and randomization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
Today I learned about the Fermi Paradox which talks about extraterrestrial life and questions why, if life should be so common (according to statistics), we haven't been contacted by any other intelligent forms of life waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fe…
The Olympic games used to include gold medals in categories such as architecture, city planning, sculpturing and statistics. The founder of modern olympics himself, Pierre de Coubertin, won the gold medal in literature at the 1912 summer olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Sweden has the highest rape statistic in Europe by far, and 3rd highest in the Statistics recovered of the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
Today I learned of Pat Moran, who served as Senior Research Officer at Oxford's Institute of Statistics, made significant contributions to probability theory and its application to genetics, and who freely admitted he had difficulty with simple arithmetic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._…
Iceland makes unusually extensive and public use of its ID numbers and that this has eliminated the need for the country to conduct a regular census: population statistics can be obtained by simply querying a database open to everyone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Charles Darwin was never much of a mathematician and wrote that studying math was repugnant to him. However, it later turned out that his research with plants hybrids made him a pioneer in a subfield of statistics sciencenews.org/article/d…
Bills of Mortality were statistics distributed in London starting in the late-16th century during the time of the plague to monitor burials. These statistics were gathered by the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks and later included information such as cause of death and the person's age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
In Japan, both the high murder solving statistics (96% of solved murders), and the high suicide rate may be partly explained by the police misfiling unsolvable murder cases (as between gangs) as suicides to keep statistics looking good. nationmaster.com/blog/?p=…
Despite United States National Health Interview Survey statistics showing a 3.8% percentage population of non-heterosexuals, the average American believes the number to be over 20%. gallup.com/poll/183383/am…
The divorce rate in the US never hit 50%, and the widely quoted statistic was an estimate based on marriages and divorces in the same year. nytimes.com/2005/04/19/he…
The creator of the widely used hockey statistic "Corsi" named the stat after Buffalo Sabres staff member Jim Corsi because the creator liked Corsi's mustache. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The United States is ranked 8th on the Human Development Index, a statistic that ranks countries based on life expectancy, education, and standard of living. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Canada and Australia are "officially" the kidnapping capitals of the world because their police statistics record many parental custody disputes as "kidnappings", inflating the total number greatly bbc.com/news/magazine-195…
Gosset revolutionized the field of Statistics, by creating the t-distribution, while working at the brewery company Guinness en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Florence Nightingale was a pioneer of applied statistics, and that she used her meticulous records of death rates and poor conditions in barracks to persuade the government to improve army hygiene. understandinguncertainty.…
Today I learned of Simpson's paradox, a paradox in probability and statistics in which a trend appears in different groups of data but disappears or reverses when these groups are combined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
According to statistics from Stockholm (capital of Sweden) the cars with the highest number of parking violations (weighted for number of cars) are Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Lexus. Mercedes owners were the worst for parking in handicap spaces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Bills of mortality were a mortality statistics in London that came out weekly in the 1600's and included people dying from such things as "Lethargy","Killed by several accidents", and "Suddenly". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The Italian bureau of statistics included estimates of illegal transactions (e.g. prostitution and drugs) to meet EU economy goals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
North Korea has a Central Bureau of Statistics. Very little is known about the bureau or its staff, and even its ability to compose accurate statistics is in dispute. Their accuracy has been disputed by various United Nations organizations and foreign observers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
There are no current statistics on religion in Tanzania. Home to many faiths, its census hasn't asked about religion since 1967 in order to avoid fights over which was the biggest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rel…
When the movie Rain Man was shown during airline flights, they would remove the scene where Raymond gives statistics about airline crashes. imdb.com/title/tt0095953/…
Indonesia has the largest 'young' population in the world with 165 million people under the age of 30, whereas only 8% of the population is aged over 60 years (National Bureau of statistics, August 2001). wowshack.com/25-interesti…
40% of the most-delayed flights are coming or going from Newark, N.J., according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics. online.wsj.com/article/SB…
The oft-quoted statistic reporting that 47% of Detroiters are "functionally illiterate" is actually not true. blog.datadrivendetroit.or…
Pokemon have in-game "genes" called IVs (Individual Values). These values - generated by the game when a pokemon is first born or caught - regulate battle statistics, gender, egg type, variant patterns, personality and more. bulbapedia.bulbagarden.ne…
Many of the Baseball statistics and record keeping methods were influenced by ones used in Cricket, including Batting Average and Earned Runs Average. cosmicbaseball.com/bstats…
In 1939, a student at the University of California, Berkley unknowingly solved two statistics problems that had never been solved before. umass.edu/wsp/statistics/…
No one knows for sure of the demographics in the suburbs of France because collecting statistics by ethnicity or religion is illegal. Parisians and tourists rarely visit banlieues, and residents complain that journalists drop in only to report on car burnings and drug shootings newyorker.com/magazine/20…
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the rate of homicides involving a firearm decreased by 49% from 1992 to 2011. thecrimereport.org/news/a…
Prosecutors have been overstating the significance of DNA matches in many criminal cases due to faulty statistics baked into the system. scholarship.law.cornell.e…
In 2012, Microsoft patented "Ghetto Avoidance" for GPS. It tracks demographics & crime statistics but has yet to be implemented due to public backlash. npr.org/2012/01/25/145337…
Sweden is near the top of rape statistics by country because of reporting frequency and broad legal definitions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
The german office of vital statistics has to approve of forenames given to newborn children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The often cited statistic β€œuse of sunbeds before age 35 is associated with a 75% increase in melanoma risk” is relative to the average risk of melanoma, which means "even if the risk of melanoma was 75 percent greater than two-tenths of one percent,... it would still be far below one percent." healthjournalism.org/blog…
The Beaurau of Labor Statistics releases an Occupational Outlook Handbook where you can search for jobs by their median pay, projected growth rate, required education and more bls.gov/ooh/
The Inka, although they had no native writing system, used a system of knotted strings called *quipu* to record information such as dates, statistics and accounts. They may even have been able to record narratives. ancient.eu/Quipu/
There is a readability statistic on Microsoft Word that grades you on how you write called the Flesch Kincaid readability test. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Student's t-Distribution, a statistics distribution, was derived by a Guinness employee to improve the company's brewing process. blogs.sas.com/content/jmp…
A best man wired up his mate's marital bed to tweet when newlyweds 'coupled', including statistics on duration, activity/"frenzy" level, weight, and performance rating, while watching their residence during the honeymoon; thus keeping his promise to 'behave' during the wedding and toast. mashable.com/2009/12/12/t…
According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction. theguardian.com/society/2…
According to suicide statistics, Monday is the favored day for self-destruction. cs.cmu.edu/~bingbin/
The "fact" that divorce happens at a 50% rate is actually FALSE... it being a poorly calculated statistic from the 1970s. Today's divorce rate is actually closer to 30%. psychcentral.com/lib/the-…
India has designated June 29th as National Statistics Day stmaryscollege.in/Statist…
According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Office for National Statistics, between 2009/10 and 2011/12 an estimated 9,000 males were raped in England and Wales. theguardian.com/news/data…
The t-test used in statistics was invented by an employee of the Guinness brewery as a way to monitor the quality of beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Google keeps records of all your Google searches including time statistics forensicfocus.com/craig-b…

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