So, I recently saw a commercial on the television that claimed that 33% of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol.
I took that to mean that 33% of traffic fatalities are caused by people driving drunk...
Does that sound right?
Well, that also means that 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by people NOT drinking.
So, the majority of traffic fatalities are caused by people NOT drinking.
Therefore, everybody should drive drunk - there would only be 1/3 of the fatalities...
Can anybody tell me what is wrong with my line of reasoning?
Yes, this is sarcasm. I am stating this to make a point - I hate statistics. Not only are 98% of all statistics made up on the fly, but you can take them to mean whatever you want - even if it is something seriously screwed up.
So - to the fruitelle-cakes in the world who are reading this - NO - I am not encouraging people to drive drunk - if you have been drinking, get a cab or phone a friend to drive you home.
I wrote this post to make a point about statistics - and how meaningless they ultimately are.
Knowing that, think about how many silly stats and factoids are floating around out there...
Think about how many people blindly accept any statistic presented to them.
(According to studies, 78.7% will blindly accept any statistic provided to them).
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