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(Reuters)   NOAA says that there's a 50-percent chance that the hurricane season will be worse than average   (reuters.co.uk ) divider line
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2004-05-20 11:08:48 AM  
Haha. I liked that.
 
2004-05-20 11:11:22 AM  
Statisticians surrender
 
2004-05-20 11:13:11 AM  
Did you know that half of America's grade school children are performing at below-average academic levels?
 
2004-05-20 12:03:30 PM  
BigTuna
It's funny when you use it as a joke, but it was pathetic when two Seattle politicians actually used it in their campaigns.
 
2004-05-20 12:06:19 PM  
Do you realize that no matter how hard we try as a society, a good one-tenth of the population continues to live below the 10% poverty level?
 
2004-05-20 12:32:46 PM  
Excellent use of obvious tag.

/we want a school where all children are above average!
 
2004-05-20 01:00:49 PM  
"Excellent headline, submitter," he thought, before clicking through to the article.
 
2004-05-20 02:06:11 PM  
On average no one is average.
 
2004-05-20 03:17:51 PM  
Nicely done, Reuters.
 
2004-05-20 03:18:03 PM  
There's a 99.99% chance I didn't RTFA ...
 
2004-05-20 03:18:39 PM  
Opal and Andrew both hit on below average years
 
2004-05-20 03:18:58 PM  
Obvious tag well played.
 
2004-05-20 03:19:14 PM  
i dont know half of you half as well as i'd like, and i like less than half of you half as well as you deserve

/tricksy hobbiteses
 
2004-05-20 03:20:36 PM  
Even more amazing: approximately 20% of all sick days are taken on Monday!

In all seriousness the article is not as stupid as it sounds: NOAA's season outlook said there was a 40 percent probability of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent probability that the season will be below normal.
 
2004-05-20 03:21:03 PM  
Your statisticians are belong to us
 
2004-05-20 03:21:18 PM  
I'm having a 50% average year too.
 
2004-05-20 03:21:54 PM  
But what about shark attacks and West Nile virus?? Come on media, sensationalize!
 
2004-05-20 03:22:26 PM  
Yeah, but there is a 50% chance that they are wrong.
 
2004-05-20 03:22:40 PM  
So there's a 50% chance of something happening ...

but, on the other hand there's a 50% chance of a whole lot of nothin' goin' on.

/Got 100% of nothing...
 
2004-05-20 03:22:42 PM  
Wow. Tax dollars at work.
 
2004-05-20 03:23:09 PM  
Did you know that 78% of all statistics are made up on the spot?

It's true I tell ya...
 
2004-05-20 03:23:29 PM  
Doesn't the fact that this article got press make anyone else want to throw up?
 
2004-05-20 03:23:29 PM  
Seriously Jeffy Jeff, that doesn't make it better at all. In fact I'd rate that a 30% improvement over the original headline, still leaving only a 15% chance I'll read the article. Accurate to within 3.5% 19 time out of 20.
 
2004-05-20 03:23:37 PM  
Yeah, I think all those multi-billion-dollar weather computers are totally worthless in predicting hurricanes, yet the newscasters just love to bicker endlessly about it any time a butterfly flaps its wings off the coast of Africa.

Unfortunately, as Jeffy Jeff mentioned, the statistics weren't QUITE as stupid as they first sounded...
 
2004-05-20 03:23:42 PM  
my glass is half of that other thing
 
2004-05-20 03:24:09 PM  
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Thought that movie already came out
 
2004-05-20 03:24:40 PM  

When users of Phoshop's Smudge tool go bad:


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2004-05-20 03:24:50 PM  
It's like those weird tests that try to determine the gender of the baby before its born. They're right about half the time.
 
2004-05-20 03:25:07 PM  
WE are all missing the point. Are they accepting applications? This is the best job ever, once a year: "we will either have a good season or a bad season or it could be normal too..."
 
2004-05-20 03:25:09 PM  
wouldn't the phrase "expects above-normal" imply that they have a 51% chance? a 50% chance just means they don't know, it could go either way...
 
2004-05-20 03:25:13 PM  
Why don't they just say "We don't freekin know" and leave it at that?
 
2004-05-20 03:25:16 PM  
When they say that there will be less hurricanes...that's when you need to worry. They are always wrong when they say that it is going to be worse.
 
2004-05-20 03:25:48 PM  
Don't forget that 73% of statistics are made up on the spot 47% of the time.
 
2004-05-20 03:26:29 PM  
Todays weather...getting light in the morning followed by continued lightness into late afternoon. Gradual dimming in the evening followed by darkness.

Long range forecast..Jan-March..continued cold with occasional snow and rain. March-May--Gradual warming trend followed by increased lightness...oh forget it.
 
2004-05-20 03:27:02 PM  
I am sure every FARKer will agree that just by being a FARKer you are above average.

Now, think about how nasty you yourself can be, just think what the below average people are capable of.
 
2004-05-20 03:28:16 PM  
sensationalism?! ok


NOAA has issued a warning of an impending level 7 hurricane!!!! A level 7 is similar to a level 5 but faster, carrying katanas, ninja stars, and a burning river of gas...and clowns.
 
2004-05-20 03:28:24 PM  
"GENIUS!!! It even fooled me!"

-Zim
 
2004-05-20 03:28:41 PM  
There is a 30% possibility of a chance of scattered cloudiness for portions of the region, but the panhandle is gonna get clobbered with Volkswagon-sized hail and several F-5 Tornadoes. Highs in the mid 80's.

...And now, back to our regular programming, it's Sweeps, so that means lots of "news" reports on so-called "science" about the "science" behind this summer's "blockbuster", "The Day After Tomorrow But Three Days Before What The Day Was Yesterday 2004", in which the oceans dry up because FARK flamewars have become more and more intense. We go now to our "Entertainment" Editor, Sid 'The Kitten Slayer' Skwid...
 
2004-05-20 03:28:48 PM  
i'd like to kick 100% of statisticians' ass
 
2004-05-20 03:29:05 PM  
I, for one, am NOT looking forward to above average hurricane overlords.
 
2004-05-20 03:29:52 PM  
I think there will be a 50% chance for partly cloudy.
 
2004-05-20 03:31:16 PM  
[image from salvationarmy-usaeast.org too old to be available]

Anyone else get nailed by this little biatch last year? 11 days, no power.
 
2004-05-20 03:31:33 PM  
 
2004-05-20 03:31:36 PM  
This is like the HR witch at our office biatching me out because "forty percent of my sick days fell on either a Monday or a Friday". Dumbass.
 
2004-05-20 03:31:57 PM  
Thats good...I've been waiting to get blown for the past 2 summers.
 
2004-05-20 03:33:01 PM  
There's a 100% chance that I didn't RTFA, which by fark rules means I'll be the one who harps on about it the most. Except that I'm too freakin' lazy to do that today.
 
2004-05-20 03:33:48 PM  
The doctors say that Nordberg has a 50 - 50 chance of living, though there's only a 10 percent chance of that...
 
2004-05-20 03:35:57 PM  
...and in other news, there will be a 50% chance I post this.
 
2004-05-20 03:36:09 PM  
So, will this new crop of hurricanes be given "minority" names? And will some cry racism when one of them rips South Carolina a new one?
 
2004-05-20 03:36:18 PM  
It's George Bushes fault!

No blood for oil!

/I just had to do it
 
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