Monday, March 03, 2008

Funnies

Matt, when a heavily-perfumed woman walked past our table: "I think that's the first time I've ever felt perfume."

We were on the metro last night coming back from Bethesda; there was a family in our metro car that was on their way back from the Wizards game. One of the boys (maybe about 7 or 8 years old) decided to smell the seat he was sitting on. His mom said "Now why would you do that? Do you know how may butts have been on that seat? You just sniffed like a hundred butts."

Not a funny, but my pet peeve of the now: people who use "fraction" without any qualifiers. I was reading an article about how there's a suit trying to get punitive damages against Exxon for the oil spill in the 80s, to compensate the fishers and others whose livelihoods were affected. They're asking for $2.5B, and the article says "This is a fraction of Exxon's yearly profits." I know what they're trying to get across, but really...99/100 is ALSO a fraction.

3 comments:

Eric said...

i totally agree about that fraction statement. likewise, i also hate it when commercials say things like "4 out of 5 dentists recommend our product." well, that's a really small sample size, so i don't think those survey results are meaningful! if you polled 10,000 dentists, then you might garner some useful data.

Courtney said...

It's also ALWAYS 4 out of 5. Who is this 5th dentist that's always the contrarian??

Carly said...

The best dentist ever, because I apparently agree with him.