Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Statistically Speaking

Statistics are endlessly fascinating to me, especially when applied to real life situations, so I've decided to create a scenario that everyone can identify with to glimpse some of the mundane, funny and downright strange statistics I've found.

Our scenario, for this example, is going to be the supermarket on a weekend afternoon.  We're going to assume there are 100 people, including employees, milling around the store and parking lot.  Based on percentage statistics (which I admit may not translate accurately to a number as small as 100, but work with me here), you would likely rub elbows with:

10 people who have been involved in a menage a trois
1 person who bites their toenails
40 people who make New Years resolutions
25 people who are afraid of spiders
1 person who can ride a unicycle
31 men and 14 women who sleep nude
1 person who practices a vegan lifestyle
3 people who are ambidextrous
17 people who talk to themselves
75 people who are dehydrated
19 people who have travelled outside of the US in the past year
56 women and 38 men who believe in ghosts
3 people who have been to a Barry Manilow concert
27 people who are left handed
3 twins (just because the term "twins" relates to an even number doesn't mean they shop together!)
2 people who can juggle three or more objects
5 people who think they've been abducted by aliens
33 people who don't wash their hands after using a public restroom
65 people who can roll their tongues
25 people who name salsa as their favorite condiment
41 people who like Justin Bieber
24 people who have at least one tattoo
75 people who like roller coasters
50 people who's second toe is longer than their big toe
3 people who are severely allergic to bee stings

Did any of those numbers surprise you?  Did you see yourself once or twice?  Think about it next time you go to the supermarket!


I will be choosing a random winner of the CSN Stores $40 giftcard giveaway later today.  If you haven't entered yet, or would like to enter again, you have until 7:00 pm Eastern Time to enter.  Click here for more info.  Good luck!



***Holly*** said...

What a fun post! I love it! :)

5thsister said...

very interesting....

Matty said...

I sure hope those 100 people aren't looking at me and wondering.


Jenny said...

These things always give me anxiety. I feel like somehow they are going to morph into one of those complicated word math questions and I find myself looking for a small paper bag to avoid hyperventilating - ha!

Jenn Erickson said...

That was a fun read! Great stats! I'm surprised at how many people believe in ghosts, but must admit that I'd be one of them. Yikes -- 33 people who don't wash their hands after using a public restroom? Appalling!