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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith&Co. View Post
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    Everyone knows that 70% of statistics are complete rubbish.
    HMM, I heard it was 75% of statistics.
    No, no, see, that's how it gets diluted.
    It's not 'I heard,' you say 'The report i read said...'
    Well I once read a report where someone said that they had heard that now it is 75%, or it could be 80%, of statistics are rubbish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmbteach View Post
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    Everyone knows that 70% of statistics are complete rubbish.
    HMM, I heard it was 75% of statistics.
    No, no, see, that's how it gets diluted.
    It's not 'I heard,' you say 'The report i read said...'
    Well I once read a report where someone said that they had heard that now it is 75%, or it could be 80%, of statistics are rubbish.
    Okay, see, as long as you read the report, it's their fault if their methodology was farmisht .

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    Here's a similar example I've seen posted around facebook that 70% of my friends-of-friends are using as a launchpad for a little masturbatory moralizing.


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    I prefer Terry Pratchett's observation, most city kids figure that the sound a pig makes is sizzle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith&Co. View Post
    I prefer Terry Pratchett's observation, most city kids figure that the sound a pig makes is sizzle.
    I must admit, that in my younger, more rebellious days, I used to drive around singing 'I smell bacon, must be pigs, doo da, doo da' whenever a cop went by.

    I also remember that when I was younger still, we went to a farm, and I milked a cow. I remember one of the kids saying 'WOW! It looks like milk!'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith&Co. View Post
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    And she's probably right.
    The survey would have had to be narrowly focussed.
    University of Kansas Pre Med students?
    Post Docs.

    People who are destined to spend their lives fixing fence posts.

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