Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Most Useless Stat Today...

Poll: 63% Know Spouse Who Cheated

Nearly two-thirds of all Americans know someone who has been unfaithful to their spouse, according to a new CBS News poll.

Does anybody see a problem with this? It means nothing!!!

THIS JUST IN.... Nearly 100% of people know someone with red hair!!! (I made that up, but I am fairly confident that it is true)

It irritated the hell out of me this morning when I heard this on the news as I was driving in to work. The anchors were swooning over the number, "ohhh, wow, that is a significant number!"

I've known, say, two hundred people. (I'm a bit of a hermit) I know of only one person that has cheated on their spouse. Carrie has know five hundred people. She can only thing of two that cheated. If we were polled according to this, 100% of the people in my household know someone who has cheated. A much more meaningful stat would be that as far as Carrie and I can tell, only 0.4% of people that we know have cheated.

Yes, I am sure more that 0.4% percent of people have cheated, but I am sure that the number is closer to that than the 63% stupid stat.


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