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September 24, 2009

Question: Sixty percent of businesswomen have experienced this..

Answer: Road Rage.

What a dumb Q & A for a radio call-in contest! What a stupid statistic! Can any of you statisticians out there explain why it seems so ridiculous to me? While you’re at it, can you also tell me what percentage of…

accountants have picked peaches?

cart wranglers have experienced Chicken Pox?

3rd graders have been to Topeka?

Culligan Men have said “Hey”?

astronauts have watched Pinocchio?


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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2009 6:53 am

    But then you have to take into consideration that 75-85% of statistics are made up on the spot.

  2. September 25, 2009 8:40 am

    Then you also need to consider where the radio folks found the statistic (if it’s reliable), and the methods for measuring how many of x did y.

    Most statistics don’t include that information. Even the most vigorous study will overlook some important factor or will demonstrate the bias of the surveyors. So what statistics can you really trust?

    • September 25, 2009 11:25 am

      What percentage of statistics don’t include that information, would you say?

  3. September 25, 2009 11:12 am

    This makes me think of Brent’s job while we were married in college. He was one of those marketing research callers. Conversations would go like this:

    Brent: Have you ever eaten X cereal bar?
    taste tester: Yes.
    Brent: Did you enjoy it?
    taste tester: Not really.
    Brent: On a scale of one to ten, one being “didn’t like at all” and ten being “loved it, i would sell my soul for it”, how would you rate the taste of X cereal bar?
    taste tester: hmmm….7? no, I’d give it an 8.5.

    seriously. totally inconsistent feedback. all the time. statistics that are based on subjective feelings, such as ROAD RAGE, are not trustworthy.

  4. September 25, 2009 11:24 am

    It doesn’t say whether they are the perpetrators or the victims of road rage, if being a businesswoman causes road rage, if people feel road rage toward business women, or that it really has anything to do with being a businesswoman at all!

  5. September 25, 2009 12:01 pm

    By your comments I would say you have some form of rage, maybe not road rage but definately rage…lol…:)

  6. timmeier permalink
    September 26, 2009 10:26 am

    Being from Kansas, I can tell you that the field trip to Topeka is taken in the fifth grade. Perhaps the third graders cause too much stress for the women who drive the school buses.

  7. EvanS permalink
    September 26, 2009 7:39 pm

    Well, the business women should be glad that they aren’t “non-business women” because 84% of them have experienced road rage.

  8. Stephanie G. permalink
    September 27, 2009 5:56 pm

    I need to pose another question…what are the work hours of said business women? I mean, if these business women worked 6-2 instead of 9-5, would there be less road rage since there is less traffic? I feel this particular statistical survey leaves too much wiggle room. I need extremely thorough and detailed stats if I’m going to believe them to be accurate and factual. And while we’re at it, can I see some stats on how much wood a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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