20 Statistics That Seem Like the Math Isn’t Mathing

More than 60 percent of Canadians live south of Seattle
20 Statistics That Seem Like the Math Isn’t Mathing

You know what they say: The only good statistics are dead ones. Wait, no. Something about lies and damned lies. It’s true that a lot of statistics don’t mean what they seem to. The classic example is that murder rates tend to rise with the sale of ice cream. Of course, rocky road has never driven anyone to violence — it’s just that both tend to go up in the summertime. Likewise, you’re more likely to die in a car crash than a plane crash because you spend a lot more time in a car, so maybe light a candle for Taylor Swift tonight.

There are some statistics, though, that might seem to confirm what you’ve always suspected about math being made up just to make you look stupid. When user Careful-Note-5534 asked r/AskReddit, “What are some of the craziest statistics ever?,” they got tons of percentages and comparisons that seem designed to make you throw your phone across the room.

robby_on_reddit 3mo ago There are about a million people in the air at any given moment
purple_h 3mo ago not sure if this counts but if you have two legs you have more legs than the average person
MicroCat1031 3mo ago You have a 50/50 chance of getting away with murder in the US.
ClassifiedGrowl 3mo ago A million seconds from now is about eleven days from now. A billion seconds from now is about thirty two years from now. Very difficult to comprehend.
jraa78 3mo ago Edited 3mo ago The bell curve of life expectancy shows that the first human who will live 150 years is alive right now.
gooddaytousir 3mo ago Around half of the 115(ish) billion people who have lived have died of malaria.
LivingLosDream 3mo ago There are more stars in the observable universe than there are grains of sand on all of the beaches of planet earth.
fredzout 3mo ago Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than she did to the building of the Giza pyramids.
StrebLab 3mo ago Over 60% of Canadians live south of Seattle
PhreedomPhighter 3mo ago There are more people living in the Tokyo metropolitan area than there are in the entire country of Canada.
NoMoreFund 3mo ago In a room of 30 people, there's an over 70% chance that two of them have the same birthday.
DEADFLY6 3mo ago Most fatal car accidents happen less than 5 miles from home and less than 35 mph.
Super_Rando_Man 3mo ago The number of deaths caused by the smartphone while driving is 6x higher than those caused by drunk drivers
CampWestfalia 3mo ago 80-90% of smokers never get lung cancer. AND 80-90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking.
redkid2000 3mo ago The Pokemon anime has canonically had 100 on screen deaths either shown directly or strongly alluded to. Ash Ketchum has been 6 of them. That means that 6% of all of the deaths shown in the Pokemon anime are the main character
BurlGnar 3mo ago if you made $7,000 an hour every day since the birth of Jesus Christ, you'd have made less money than Jeff Bezos.
NefariousnessFun9923 3mo ago China used more cement in less than 3 years 2011-2013 than the US did in the WHOLE 20TH century
fallway 3mo ago The number of possible ways to order a pack of 52 cards is '52!' (52 factorial) which means multiplying 52 by 51 by 50... all the way down to 1. The number you get at the end is 8x1067 (8 with 67 '0's after it), essentially meaning that a randomly shuffled deck has never been seen before and will never be seen again
Juicyb17 3то ago Edited 3то ago If Wayne Gretzky never scored a Goal, he'd still be the all time points leader for the NHL. The fasted player to 1000 points, is Wayne Gretzky in 424 games. The second fastest? Wayne Gretzky in 433 games. No other player has scored 2000 career points.
Pour_me_one_more 3mo ago I read today that if you die from a plane crash (highly unlikely), it is most likely to be during the first three minutes or last eight minutes of a flight. I'd imagine that no matter when the deadly crash happens, it will be during the last few seconds of the flight.


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