My favorite quote from Lewis Carroll happens to be one of my favorite quotes:
If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, as long as there is enough of them.
Here are a few statistical facts worth noting:
One of every four mathy folks suffers from mental illness. Now, think of three calculating friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.
Fifty percent of Americans have an understanding of statistics that is below average.
69.8724% of all statistics reflect an unjustified level of precision, and 83.85% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
There are two kinds of statistics — the kind you look up, and the kind you make up.
There are three kinds of statisticians — normal, deviant, and skew.