What percentage of statistics are made up on the spot?
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
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.