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