One of the best things about being a content writer across multiple industries is that you find yourself learning a little (just enough to be dangerous!) about a lot of different things. So every now and then I’ll post a few of the more entertaining tidbits I come across. Here are a few gems I found while researching examples of correlation vs. causation:
- There’s a 95% correlation between per capita cheese consumption and the number of people who die by getting tangled in their bed sheets.
- There’s a 99% correlation between the divorce rate in Maine and per capita consumption of margarine.
- There’s a 98% correlation between arcade revenue and the number of computer science doctorates awarded in the U.S.
- There’s a 95% correlation between the marriage rate in Kentucky and the number of people who die after falling out of a fishing boat.
- There’s a 90% correlation between the number of people who drown in swimming pools and total power generated by U.S. nuclear plants.
And, my personal favorite…
- There’s a 66% correlation between the number of people who drown after falling into a pool and the number of Nicholas Cage movies.
Writing challenge: Pick one, and come up with a logical argument for causation. Who’s up for it?