Sunday, January 22, 2006

All the stupidity that's unfit to print

tjic.com has examples of idiocy from the New York Times.

The odds against meeting someone else at a party with your birthday are not 365 to 1. In a room with just 23 people, the chances that two of them will share the same birthday are better than even.


And this howler:
On the other hand, it is deeply satisfying to know that a Canadian farmer named McDonald has the postal code EIEIO

As tjic says:
Remember the next time you read something in the NYT: this is a paper that can’t get EITHER the Birthday Paradox or Canadian zipcodes right, but they feel confident to pontificate on geopolitics, constitutional law, and technology.

Via Relapsed Catholic.

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