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General Category => Huh? => Topic started by: ChrisSmolinski on June 10, 2019, 1722 UTC

Police in San Luis, Arizona arrested three students Wednesday at summer school for allegedly having more than 3,000 potentially deadly pills.
Santana said each pill costs $15 on the black market so the school bust is worth more than $30 million on the street.
"You're looking at about 3200 plus m30 pills that were in her possession," Santana said.
https://news4sanantonio.com/news/nationworld/teensarrestedforfentanylstashatschoolworthmorethan30million

D'oh! Fake math!
When I was a newspaper reporter and editor, most reporters didn't check their math, especially if a figure was given to them by an official source. That's probably more true now, given that there are few reporters trying to cover more news than ever.
I was considered "good at math" for a writer, which meant I could easily figure out percentage changes and other relevant figures. Like most journalists (now a recovering journalist who's in corporate communications), however, I'm pretty lousy overall at anything beyond basic math.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSTct2FFamw
theyre just building empire

Recently I responded to a YL columnist and her editor about her math. She was throwing a hissyfit over Alabama abortion laws. She, and I paraphrase, stated "... what do you expect from a state with 4 million people incarcerated? That's 8 times the population of Rhode Island." Realizing the sheer stupidity of such a number, I looked it up  Alabama has about 57,000 in jail. The columnist couldn't claim it was a typo because of the Rhode Island comparison. Shortly after my email, the column was yanked off line, never to be seen again. Although, a correction was printed in the newspaper.
My favorite math problem for the math is TOO HARD group:
x=y
x(squared)=xy
x(squared)y(squared)=xyy(squared)
(x+y) (xy) =y (xy)
(Since we started with x=y, then x+y=2y) 2y=y. (divide both sides by Y)
Thus, 2=1. ;)

Recently I responded to a YL columnist and her editor about her meth. Throwing a hissyfit over Alabama abortion laws she, and I paraphrase, stated "... what do you expect from a state with 4 million people incarcerated? That's 8 times the population of Rhode Island." Realizing the sheer stupidity os such a number, I looked it up  Alabama has about 57,000 in jail. The columnist couldn't claim it was a typo because of the Rhode Island comparison. Shortly after my email, the column was yanked off line, never to be seen again.
When I see numbers in an article, I often ask myself, are these numbers even plausible? Obviously in the case you gave... they are not. There's quite a few bogus statistics out there, and once a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted as fact.

I think it was Mark Twain who said, "There's lies, damned lies, and statistics."
The trouble with statistics is that you can make them say anything...

https://youtu.be/piEldHGuRk

This Hurricane? https://www.nj.com/opinion/2014/04/spare_us_the_lies_about_the_late_hurricane_carter_mulshine.html
p.s. I thought Lex had addressed this a few years ago https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,7529.msg19667.html#msg19667

My favorite math problem for the math is TOO HARD group:
x=y
x(squared)=xy
x(squared)y(squared)=xyy(squared)
(x+y) (xy) =y (xy)
(Since we started with x=y, then x+y=2y) 2y=y. (divide both sides by Y)
Thus, 2=1. ;)
In the 4th line where you divide both sides by (xy), you run into s slight problem. If x = y, then (xy) = 0. Dividing by zero will get you into trouble everytime!

I'm sure there is a similar Opinion Story out there about the Central Park Five.

You win skippy! ;D