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Bizarre Correlations

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Brian Barnas

Coincidences put the world in shock every day. We try to defy science and explain these odd occurrences, but it is not possible without sounding outlandish. For instance, a falling baby in Detroit was saved twice by the same man in two different years. Just yesterday, while discussing Lamborghinis with a friend, one zoomed right past us. Coincidences have a peculiar, unexplainable connection similar to correlations. In all fields, statistics lead to correlations of all sorts. It is smart to be skeptical, yet it is amusing to see the inferences drawn from the data. It is important to remember that correlations do not imply causation, but please enjoy the following extraordinary correlations.

  1. In general, 49 percent of people don’t swing their arms much when they walk. But among those who like to eat sliced oranges, 70 percent don’t swing their arms much when they walk.
  2. In general, 19 percent of people who can’t rrrrroll their R’s regularly wear cologne/perfume, compared with 31 percent of people in general.
  3.  In general, 26 percent of people who have never ridden a motorcycle are multilingual, compared with 40 percent of people in general.
  4.  In general, 75 percent of people who can’t type without looking at the keyboard prefer thin-crust pizza to deep-dish, compared with 59 percent of people in general.
  5.  In general, 51 percent of people who pig out when they’re upset are nonfiction lovers, compared with 37 percent of people in general.
  6.  In general, 44 percent of people who regularly check their horoscope also floss regularly; in general, only 28 percent of people floss regularly.
  7.  In general, 15 percent of people who dislike mayonnaise are good dancers, compared with 29 percent of people in general.
  8.  In general, 58 percent of people who prefer soft serve ice cream to scooped ice cream like roller coasters, compared with 71 percent of people in general.
  9.  In general, 82 percent of people with tattoos prefer hot weather over cold, compared with 63 percent of people in general.
  10. In general, 47 percent of people don’t like bubble gum flavoring. But among those who blush easily, 62 percent don’t like bubble gum flavoring.