It is possible for ALMOST everybody to be 'above average'. For example the average number of hands that people in the UK have will (I suspect) be very slightly less than two - because a small proportion of the population will have lost one or both of their hands.

So almost everybody in the UK will have more than the average number of hands (because they have two).

Whereas if we consider the median then 50% of people will be at or below the median and 50% of people will be at or above the median (by definition).

But to say that 49% of people have below average broadband speeds is - to my mind at least - a pretty unexciting statistic.

It is possible for ALMOST everybody to be 'above average'. For example the average number of hands that people in the UK have will (I suspect) be very slightly less than two - because a small proportion of the population will have lost one or both of their hands.

So almost everybody in the UK will have more than the average number of hands (because they have two).

Whereas if we consider the median then 50% of people will be at or below the median and 50% of people will be at or above the median (by definition).

I wonder if they have the same measure in Monaco and owning just one Rolls Royce would mean you were poverty stricken!?

I read some time ago that not being to afford a foreign holiday was a measure of comparative poverty and that I should not make a judgement about people on benefits who choose to smoke as that is the same as saying that luxuries are just for rich people. Sometimes I wake up screaming and then find I was awake all along.

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They also say

that half the population is below average IQ

presumably they are all journalists

Now you have started a row here!

If 49% are below average and 49% are above average, that makes 2% average?

or are 1-49 below average ie 49%, 50 = average so 1% and then 51 - 100 = above average ie 51%

Or are we counting posts instead of electricity lines.

Clearly we are below average here!!!

It is possible . . .

It is possible for ALMOST everybody to be 'above average'. For example the average number of hands that people in the UK have will (I suspect) be very slightly less than two - because a small proportion of the population will have lost one or both of their hands.

So almost everybody in the UK will have more than the average number of hands (because they have two).

Whereas if we consider the median then 50% of people will be at or below the median and 50% of people will be at or above the median (by definition).

But to say that 49% of people have below average broadband speeds is - to my mind at least - a pretty unexciting statistic.

David

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Marry me. Marry me now!

Measures of poverty

That is why it is incredibly daft to link poverty to a percentage of average income, but seemingly it doesn't stop this being used as a measure.

@zara - that one always gets me. So if I am my clients all get a lot richer.......... I am putting someone into poverty! Madness.

Exaggeration

Over 182% of statistics are grossly exaggerated and nearly 78% of all statistics are just made up on the spot!

On poverty ....

I wonder if they have the same measure in Monaco and owning just one Rolls Royce would mean you were poverty stricken!?

I read some time ago that not being to afford a foreign holiday was a measure of comparative poverty and that I should not make a judgement about people on benefits who choose to smoke as that is the same as saying that luxuries are just for rich people. Sometimes I wake up screaming and then find I was awake all along.

Monaco

Is not the number of cars per household limited to one? Thus not having a car is poverty rather than which one!

You're a day late

you will now have to wait another four years before you can propose again, sorry.

You're a day late

Or is it four years and a day?

Doctor doctor

Q. Doctor, doctor, why is one in five mentally unbalanced?

A. Because the other four are nuts!

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