What percentage of statistics are made up on the spot?

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2010-09-15 08:04:26

Over 99.9% of all statistics are made up on the spot, including

the statistic that I just made up right now.

It's impossible to say how many statistics are made up on the

spot, but as most people with access to the media (TV/the

Internet/etc.) instantly feel that they are endowed with *cough*

reputable data, that make well over 1/2 the people in the world

responsible for the creation and distribution of impromptu (ergo

"bullsh*t") statistics.

Although it's impossible to collect accurate data on anything

involving the word "all" (unless of course if you happen to be God,

and I don't think even God would have the patience to aggregate all

that data and update his memory banks in real-time!), I think it's

safe to say that since far less than 0.1% of those who make

statistics are actually statisticians, that over 99.9% of

statistics are made up on the spot.

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