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Skepchick Quickies, 2.24


Good morning! I’m filling in for Amanda this morning, as she is recovering from a bender (lucky bitch).

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  1. Maybe I’m reading the graphs wrong on the intelligent drunk people story, but according to the article, “very bright” people get drunk every other month on average. According to the graph right underneath it though, it seems like they get drunk less than once every 6 months. Am I reading something wrong?

  2. I categorically deny that I had anything to do with whatever Amanda’s recovering from….
    (for those that don’t know, my name in meatspace is Bender…) ;-)

    Though OTOH, perhaps I with that I HAD something to do with it. It sounds as if she had far more fun than I did last night…

  3. I love that accompanying photo for the Asa Andrews story…old school snake oil charlatan! Reminds me of that blown-up reproduction of a ‘Hamlin’s Wizard Oil’ ad that was in the hallway at WebMD when I worked there.

  4. @FFFearlesss: I agree with your interpretation of the graphs. Both show essentially the same thing, and neither jibes with the text of the article. If it was really “every other month”, the numbers in the bar graphs should be in the range 5 to 7, not 1.5, which is more like once every nine months. On the other hand, if the vertical axis is mislabeled, and is actually the monthly and not yearly frequency, then 1.5 means 18 times a year, which also doesn’t match the text.

    Innumeracy fail.

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