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Facts are not subject to a vote
From Cocktail Party Physics: we are much in trouble... episode two.

[...] most people would rather state their opinion about things without wasting time looking up the facts. The NASCAR race I'm watching features the AT&T 'Fastest Pit Crew of the Year Award'. Fans VOTE for the fastest pit crew. The last I looked, time is not subject to human opinion. Sure AT&T donates $20,000 at the end of the program to a deserving charity. But how silly do you have to be to think that 'fastest' has anything to do with your opinion? How about sponsoring something mathematically meaningful, like showing us a histogram of all the pit stop times, showing who was exceptionally fast or slow.


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