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Answered 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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