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Old 03-22-2020, 12:32 AM   #1
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A WORD ON STATISTICS
by Wislawa Szymborska (translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)

Out of every hundred people,

those who always know better:
fifty-two.

Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest.

Ready to help, if it doesn't take long:
forty-nine.

Always good, because they cannot be otherwise:
four -- well, maybe five.

Able to admire without envy:
eighteen.

Led to error by youth (which passes):
sixty, plus or minus.

Those not to be messed with:
four-and-forty.

Living in constant fear of someone or something:
seventy-seven.

Capable of happiness:
twenty-some-odd at most.

Harmless alone, turning savage in crowds:
more than half, for sure.

Cruel when forced by circumstances:
it's better not to know, not even approximately.

Wise in hindsight:
not many more than wise in foresight.

Getting nothing out of life except things:
thirty (though I would like to be wrong).

Balled up in pain and without a flashlight in the dark:
eighty-three, sooner or later.

Those who are just:
quite a few, thirty-five.

But if it takes effort to understand:
three.

Worthy of empathy:
ninety-nine.

Mortal:
one hundred out of one hundred --
a figure that has never varied yet.
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Old 03-22-2020, 05:35 AM   #2
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75% of statistics are made up.
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Old 03-22-2020, 07:39 AM   #3
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That was an interesting diversion, what I didn't see was how many people are willing to steal, big number. Also with statistics you can prove that Hell is an icehouse and the worlds population has one testicle and one breast.

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Old 03-22-2020, 09:41 AM   #4
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I've seen the numbers on the testicles, you're right. But the breast figures are just wrong. The number is two.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:03 AM   #5
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A nipple does not a breast make.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:57 AM   #6
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A WORD ON STATISTICS
by Wislawa Szymborska (translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)

Out of every hundred people,

those who always know better:
fifty-two.
Oddly enough fifty-two percent of people voted for Brexit here in the UK. Was it the same people I wonder?
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:34 AM   #7
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Depends how you read it...
52 know better ways to do it.
52 know better but fuck up anyway.

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Old 03-24-2020, 10:50 AM   #8
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A nipple does not a breast make.
A breast without a nipple is just pointless.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:19 PM   #10
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75% of statistics are made up.
and the other 85% is due to top management
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:45 PM   #11
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So you're saying 80% of statistics are made up by top management? checks out
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Old 03-27-2020, 02:24 PM   #13
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A nipple does not a breast make.
Correct, no more so than a vagina.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:59 PM   #14
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Does a mangina have a nipple?
Asking for a friend.

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