Walt Michaels, former New York Jets Coach
Well, I don't know if that is the comparison that I would have come up with, but most able minded folks get the point I'm sure.
Statistics come in every conceivable shape and size.
Sales people use and abuse them to an annoying level:
- 20% more that the previous version for the same price (though the price went way up before the size did, still insuring a profit leap for the seller)
- Our candy bar has 40% less fat than the leading competitor (who had 400% more fat to begin with, making the point mostly moot)
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. (unless you are a drunk woman, driving 90 miles an hour on a dirt road frequented by cows, then DWI would be your leading cause of death)
- 3213 - number of head or brain injuries suffered by Iraq war vets
- $11.7 Billion dollars - that is how much Exxon-Mobil made in green, hard cash after paying their bills in the last 3 month's of 2007. Let me repeat: pure profit, 3 months, 11.7 Billion bones.
- 5 men will die in a fireworks accident this year.
- Actors who win Oscars live 3.6 years longer than those never nominated.
And some are downright silly:
- The tip of a 1/3 inch long hour-hand on a wristwatch travels at 0.00000275 mph.
- The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
And you can be assured that the Super Bowl pundits will be slathered in statistical knowledge before, during and after the game. The one stat that most matters to sports fans around the world though will be the final stat ... the final score.
Any stats drive you nuts or that are particulary noteworthy?