Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I finally see the irony

It always bugs me when the kids, especially Madge, freak out about stuff that is super-unlikely to happen. Scorpions, black widows, tarantulas, thunder (not lightning, thunder) come to mind.
And I finally realized why it bugs me so much: they don't understand statistics.
While she's worrying, for example, about black widow spiders, she'll be chewing on her backpack's string which has been God-knows-where and not looking both ways before crossing the street because there's still plenty of time once the light turns red.
Meanwhile, how can I be sure there's not a great white shark in the sewers?

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