Funny Stuff (Chapter 18)

The top 10 reasons why statisticians are misunderstood:

  1. They write and speak Greek words in the middle of sentences where everything else is English.
  2. They are 99% confident that sleep cannot be induced in an introductory statistics class if they are lecturing on z-scores.
  3. They display psychological disorders because as young professionals many of their hypotheses were rejected.
  4. They're quite insecure and can't do anything without fearing that they've made a mistake of one kind or another.
  5. They often have funny-sounding names such as Tukey, Scheffe, Bonferroni, and Greenhouse.
  6. They talk a lot about tea but hardly ever about beer.
  7. They can't consider more than one (or sometimes two) tales at the same time.
  8. They like to do things at random.
  9. They have a fetish about the number 5, especially when it's paired with the word "percent."
  10. They enjoy being in the company of standard deviates.

    This joke was not newly written by me. Instead, it was plucked from depositories of statistical humor, edited slightly, and posted here to in an effort to show that there's a lighter side to this supposedly dry discipline. If you'd like to see more "funny stuff" about statistics, click here to enter Gary Ramseyer's wonderful website entitled "First Internet Gallery of Statistics Jokes."

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