When I was listening to episode 171 of the No Such Thing as a Fish podcast titled No Such Thing as a Half-Ape Vampire*, the podcasters mentioned this confusing phrasing from The Independent’s article “The World Is Running Out of Camembert.” The article states:
Out of the three hundred and sixty million made each year, just a treasured four have true Camembert credentials.
That’s just over one percent.
When presented in an online article with ads and the creation of the new paragraph, the podcasters discussed thinking it was literally 4 camembert cheeses, significantly less than 1%. *Warning: if you choose to listen to this episode they also talk about maggot excrement in the cheesemaking process.
image from QI because there is no way I’m looking at pictures of cheese after listening
What data we present and how it is presented are very important. Sociological Images posted a particularly terrible example concerning gun death in Florida.
The Weekly interviewed Mona Chalabi, data editor for The Guardian U.S., about issues around data collection and presentation.
Storms in the Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic were given female gender type names until 1979. Now there are annual lists alternating gender used each year.
In an article originally titled “Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds,” later changed to “Female-named hurricanes probably do NOT kill more people than male hurricanes,” a Washington Post journalist cited a 2014 study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that has since been critiqued and rebutted.
Image from NASA.