So earlier in the year I wrote this book for Adams Media. It’s a collection of funny reviews from around the internet. It has pictures and stuff and is a really good gift book for the humor-enjoying person in your life.
THIS WEEK:Jack O’Brien, David Wong, and Daniel O’Brien discuss some of the more deceiving statistics in our world. From “Let’s Make A Deal” probabilities to how likely it is you’ll be eaten by a shark, find out why your common sense is worthless and your brain fails at math most every time.
Question 1: Does Your Cause Require an Elaborate Conspiracy Theory to Be True?
For instance, let’s say there’s a movement called #GamerGate, about irate gamers protesting the lack of ethics in gaming journalism. OK, sounds like a good, simple cause. Now, let’s say the specific ethical breach that enraged them is about a feminist indie game designer who a bunch of gamers already hated supposedly gaining control of the gaming media through her vagina — all of this based on the conjectures of a guy on YouTube who also seems to think government scientists are involved. As in, apparently there’s a secret DARPA project to brainwash gamers into, uh, being more tolerant of women. The bastards.