Wednesday, December 9, 2009

More mathematical incompetence in the media


This one’s simple and just kinda hilarious. Please explain how this paragraph is possible:


“The survey by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says that 26 percent of Hoosiers smoke. I wonder if that same survey was conducted on drinkers what the result would be. I'd bet there are 20 people who drink to every one person who smokes. Why should the state keep raising taxes on tobacco and not alcohol?”



(If you didn’t catch it, I’d say it’s a safe bet that there are not 5.2 Indiana residents who drink for every resident of Indiana.)

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