This is What Happens When Headline Writers Don’t Know Their Statistics

Last week, the Pew Research Center released a survey showing that being an atheist was the most negative trait a presidential candidate could posses:

You can see from the list that being an atheist was a worse quality than having never held office, having an affair, being in your 70s, being gay or lesbian, etc.

But then I started seeing headlines like this one from the Daily Caller:

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5 Lessons from a Christian Counting Workbook

Some advice for PR people: If you send me an email asking me if I want to review Bible workbooks for preschoolers, and you never bother to Google my name, then I’m going to say “Yes. Yes I do.”

So here are five things I learned from this biblical counting book:

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What in the Blazes Is Going On With These Graphs?

Can you make sense of this?

The blue line shows the ten-year trend in the marriage rate in Mississippi. The orange line represents how much milk we consume in the United States.

Uncanny, huh?

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To Those Students Who Wonder: “When Am I Ever Going to Use This In Life?”

Jason Rosenhouse (below), a professor at James Madison University (and author of some excellent math books), spoke at the graduation ceremony for JMU’s College of Science and Mathematics over the weekend and his speech is one of the best I’ve ever read.

He gets right to the heart of the question math teachers (and most others, I’m sure) hear all the time: When are we ever going to use this in life?

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David Barton: More Christians Died for Their Faith in 2013 Than the Previous 2,000 Years Combined. The Math Disagrees

We already know Christian pseudo-historian David Barton‘s research skills are as strong as his math skills, which is to say they’re both awful.

In his latest math blunder (a “faux pi”?), Barton claimed on his radio show “WallBuilders Live” that more Christians were killed last year than the previous 2,000 years combined!

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