News that Vexes

News that Vexes

It's so tiresome to read 'new studies' that reveal Smoking, Stress or Obesity are Bad for you. Yet these studies appear all the time. It's time to take back the newswire from so-called Scientists!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Friday the 13th Not Bad Omen for Drivers

Now here is some science for you!

There are a lot of rich quotes in this gem of a story including this one:

Furthermore, "we don't have any evidence" to suggest that women may be at higher risk of traffic accidents on Friday the 13th than men, he added.

(One bit of minutiae: I like how the sentence starts with 'Furthermore' and ends with 'he added'. This reporter must be getting paid by the word.)

and better - since this is a scientist after all:

Since the previous study on traffic deaths based its findings on a relatively small number of people, "it is indeed possible" that the result is due to chance alone, Summala said.


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