97.54% of Statistics are real

97.54% of political season statistics are false & can’t be supported

87.65% of the time statistics are only used to fuel a confrontation

75% of the people polled believe that statistics that written are more likely to be true. 87% of the people polled doubt statistics that aren’t

68% US citizens won’t participate in a telephone poll event unless they are getting paid for the time and information they provide the pollster.

  • Rats destroy an estimated 33% of the worlds food supply each year.
  • The Mall in Washington D.C. is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City
  • You have a greater chance of being hit by falling airplane parts than by being attacked by a shark.
  • 90% of New York cabbies are newly arrived immigrants.
  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad in first class.
  • A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100mph and can kill a fly.
  • Statistics are available for just about any subject. Most of the times statistics are intended to fuel the public opinion about something that is either political

OK – let me clear something up right now. I made up the graph and the first four statistics and the other statistics came from a joke website.

What is the point of this? To make us all think. To make us consider the power of the statistics we are reading and to consider the source of the statistics.

While writing this post I found this question on answers.yahoo.com: “Is there a way to verify statistics given from a website?”

One of the responses asked this follow up question “[….] Are there any government sites that would validate this statistic.”

This is so typical. We are led to believe that our governments (National, State, Local) will provide us with real and honest statistics.  50% of us believe this may or may not be true (OK – I made this up too)

Here are some interesting and humorous quotations about statistics:
(Found on http://www.quotationspage.com & http://www.quotegarden.com/)

  • There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881)
  • USA Today has come out with a new survey – apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population. David Letterman
  • Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie but admits that under analysis some of them won’t stand up either. Evan Esar
  • Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions. Evan Esar
  • Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics. Fletcher Knebel
  • A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. Joseph Stalin
  • There are two kinds of statistics, those you look up and those you makeup –  Rex Stout
  • Torture numbers and they’ll confess to anything.  ~Gregg Easterbrook
  • 98% of all statistics are made up.  ~Author Unknown
  • Statistics are like bikinis.  What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.  ~Aaron Levenstein
  • Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket.  According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.  ~Bobby Bragan, 1963
  • Statistics can be made to prove anything – even the truth.  ~Author Unknown
  • Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.  ~Paul Brodeur, Outrageous Misconduct
  • Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.  ~Author Unknown
  • Lottery:  A tax on people who are bad at math.  ~Author Unknown
  • He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support rather than for illumination.  ~Andrew Lang
  • One more fagot of these adamantine bandages is the new science of Statistics.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Statistics are like women; mirrors of purest virtue and truth, or like whores to use as one pleases.  ~Theodor Billroth
  • Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.  ~William W. Watt
  • Then there is the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches.  ~W.I.E. Gates
  • There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.  ~Rex Stout, Death of a Doxy
  • I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest.  The only one I can ever 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
  • Satan delights equally in statistics and in quoting scripture….  ~H.G. Wells, The Undying Fire
  • The average human has one breast and one testicle.  ~Des McHale
  • While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty.  You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to.  Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant.  So says the statistician.  ~Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A statistical analysis, properly conducted, is a delicate dissection of uncertainties, a surgery of suppositions.  ~M.J. Moroney
  • Statistics may be defined as “a body of methods for making wise decisions in the face of uncertainty.”  ~W.A. Wallis
  • After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, “Lies – damned lies – and statistics,” still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.  ~Leonard Courtney, speech
  • Statistics are just a way for the mathematician to evangelize his faith.  ~Hunter Brinkmeier
  • The theory of probabilities is at bottom nothing but common sense reduced to calculus.  ~Laplace, Théorie analytique des probabilités, 1820
  • I abhor averages.  I like the individual case.  A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.  ~Louis D. Brandeis
  • I could prove God statistically.  Take the human body alone – the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.  ~George Gallup

In summary – Listen to statistics that are important to you – consider the source and if you find them hard to believe – try to validate them.

By the way – 75% of the people who read this entire blog post will wish that I wrote more.

My Blogging Milestone

Today I hit a really cool Blogging Milestone.

This blog hit over 10,000 views

And I did it with 202 individual stories across less than 8 years of writing.

My first post was “Customer Service – What is this actually” was written on 11/14/2004

My 200th story was special to me. It was a 2012 Valentines gift to my titled “I Love You

My activity was sporadic in the beginning, but eventually picked up:

5 stories in 2004 – I really did not know what I was going to do when I got started
12 stories in 2005 – Can I use career change as an excuse for not paying attention to my writing? Nope, I shouldn’t
6 stories in 2006 – This was my first year as an IT sales Person – I lost focus of what I love doing
2 stories in 2007 – Yeah, pretty pathetic – I agree – go ahead, yell at me
2 stories in 2008 – What a freakin non-blogging fool
46 stories in 2009 – Getting my groove on again – Finally, I got the itch back
39 stories in 2010 – Why did I slack off? (Hey I did write 15 posts in Traveling with Bum in December 2010
75 stories in 2011 – Back to a Great pace now and this does not include the 100 stories I posted in NCWiseman, the last 15 stories that ended Traveling with Bum and first 11 chapters of Is It Worth it Does It Matter
15 stories so far in 2012 (nearly 2 months in) – Keep this pace and I will hit an all time of 90 stories, again not including NCWiseman and Is It Worth it Does It Matter

It has been fun writing, sharing, researching and posting stories about me as well as sharing other stories that I reposted when I felt the calling to do so.

SO – what do I want to say

THANK YOU FRIENDS

THANK YOU FOLLOWERS

AND

THANK YOU ALL who just stopped by

I’m blessed.

Teddy