A Serious Idea and a Few Quick Laughs: The Ridiculousness of Spurious Correlations
While on the path to happiness and self-improvement, it is easy to forget one most elemental rules of statistics:
Be careful taking what you read as fact, and balance trusting your inner judgement with “objective” truth and the opinions of others. That includes DailyHap.
Here are five hilarious correlations that demonstrate the ridiculousness of assuming that two things happening together mean that one causes the other, courtesy of http://www.tylervigen.com/.
Correlation: 0.992082 (conspiracy theory anyone?)
Moral of the article: if you want to save people from drowning, convince Nicholas Cage to stop making movies. 🙂