Category: Odd statistics
Some updated H1N1 math
The CDC in the US have come out with some interesting new numbers on H1N1. They now estimate that 22,000,000 US residents have contracted H1N1. Of those, 98,000 have been hospitalized and 3,900 have died. Several weeks ago I very conservatively estimated an 11 in 1,000,000 chance of dying from H1N1 and a 176 in […]
Some H1N1 math
In which I play with some conservative estimates and conclude GET THE SHOT.
And yet M’s school insists I pick her up
Ah, how I love Lenore Skenazy. And STATS, who interviewed her. Perhaps the problem needed to be approached from a different angle, she thought. What if you actually wanted your child to be kidnapped by a stranger and held overnight? How long would you have to leave him outside, and unattended for that to be […]
On the flu and the choice to panic (or not)
I’ve been doing my best to restrain my usual cynicism about the hysterical media coverage of health issues in the case of the swine flu, as until quite recently there have been too many unknowns to do much other than shrug and say “we’ll see”. But it seems now that we do know some things: […]
Ninety. A context-free number.
File under “not enough information to draw the conclusion they’ve drawn”: Why did 90 children die? Ontario’s child advocate was appalled to learn how many in the province’s welfare system die each year and is equally shocked at how difficult it is to get answers First, I think we can all agree that the province’s […]
55: Approximate weight of a sheet of 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ drywall, in pounds. 9: Height in feet of our kitchen ceiling 639: Approximate number of muscles in the human body 600: Approximate number of those muscles that will hurt the next day if you spend a lot of time lifting 1/2″ x 4′ […]
I did not know that
Under the Employment Standards Act, 2000, if you are an employee who installs or maintains swimming pools grows mushrooms breeds and boards horses you are not entitled to statutory holiday pay.
Blueberries are #1
Study: Blue Skies for Blueberries In terms of area under production, blueberries rank as the number one fruit crop in the country. Blueberries officially surpassed apples in top spot in 1996. I don’t think I would have even guessed that blueberries were in the top 5, let alone bigger than apples.
Egg production in Canada totalled 436.1 million dozen during the first nine months of 2005. That’s about 14.5 dozen eggs per Canadian. And the year’s not over yet!
In case you were wondering
Statscan’s gems for today: Fresh vegetable prices were down 10.8% in January. This situation is unusual for the month of January and represents only the second such reduction in the past 20 years. Lower prices for tomatoes (-33.1%) and “other fresh vegetables” (-2.6%) accounted for most of this decrease. Supply has picked up after the […]