Funny Stuff (Chapter 12)
One day, a meeting took place in the Administration Building between the Dean and a small interdisciplinary group of faculty members. One was a physicist, one was a chemist, and one was a statistician. About half-way through the meeting, a fire broke out in the wastebasket. To show how physics could be applied to the "real world," the physicist immediately started to calculate how much energy would have to be removed from the fire to stop the combustion. Not to be outdone, the chemist began to talk about "regents" and which one could be added to the fire to prevent oxidation. The Dean was impressed.
Just then, the statistician jumped up and began setting new fires in all of the other wastebaskets in the conference room. The Dean yelled at the statistician saying, "What in the world are you doing? Have you lost your mind?"
"Not at all," responded the statistician. "We simply need a larger n!"
Statisticians never die. They just undergo one transformation after another.
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Schuyler W. Huck