Friday, February 06, 2009


Statisticians probably do it.

Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.

Half of the people in the world are below average.

On the average, everybody has one testicle.

79.84% of all statistics are made up on the spot. The other 42% are made up later on.

A report by the think-tank Demos reveals that in spite of the view that Britain is becoming a secular society, the majority in the country still proclaim themselves to be Christian, with only 4% claiming to be atheist. The most startling finding is that not only do 71% of British people believe in God but 68% profess themselves to be Christians, with over 50% believing in heaven, the resurrection and life after death. 53% pray. Christian Institute

[The War Office kept three sets of figures:] one to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet, and the third to mislead itself. Herbert Henry Asquith (09/12/1852 &endash; 02/15/1928

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.-Albert Einstein

One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)Speech, 6 May 1964, University of Pennsylvania.

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts - for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 times out of ten it will.... Paul Harvey News, 1979

And if you're happy knowing the mean, and not knowing the distribution, well then I will gladly bet you $20 that the next person through that door will have an above average number of legs.-- Brian Pymont

Oh don't tell me of facts-I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures. -Sydney SMITH

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.Rex Stout

I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest. The only one I can remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable. --Mrs. Robert A. Taft

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. -- Mark Twain

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