Cool Site: Spurious Correlations

I saw this linked from Respectful Insolence yesterday and it’s just a hoot.  Most of us have probably heard the phrase “correlation does not equal causation” — if not, it means that just because something corresponds to something doesn’t mean they actually have anything to do with each other.  Apples and tomatoes are both red, but they’re not related.  This website makes that point the best way: through humor.  ;-)  I mean, did you know how closely the rate of worldwide non-commercial space launches correlates to sociology doctorates awarded in the US?  Neither did I, and of course it means absolutely nothing — I hope.  :-P

Spurious Correlations

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