Funny Stuff (Chapter 6)

There once was a man who was scared to travel in an airplane. He had been told that the probability of someone carrying a bomb on board was 1 in a million, and he was not prepared to accept these odds. One day he was at the bar having a beer with his friend, a statistician. After the statistician heard about his friend's phobia about flying, he instantly came up with a solution. "Just carry a bomb yourself," the statistician said, "because the probability of TWO bombs being on the same plane is so incredibly small that you can feel perfectly safe."

Of 100 statisticians, how many know how to screw in a light bulb? Two, with a margin of error of 3.

These 2 jokes were not newly written by me. Instead, they were 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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Schuyler W. Huck
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