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Oct
8
comment A century ago, was giving birth a major cause of death?
Why is everyone talking about long-term damage/cumulative toll? The professor never said anything about that in the article. Below someone stated the chance of death during childbirth was ~4%. If you (planned on) having 10 children, that means your chances of dying during childbirth were 1-0.96^10 ≈ 1 in 3. That's what she meant.
Oct
5
comment Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?
No you didn't, you slightly changed the numbers to incorrect (for the reasons stated above) values. Again, it doesn't affect the result, but it's always best to show the correct math...
Oct
5
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Oct
2
comment Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?
For the record, my original link is correct. 1:1 odds means 1/2 probability; 1:10 odds means 1/11 probability. Again, the difference does not change the result, but since the math I originally posted was correct, I don't understand why you'd change it.
Oct
2
comment Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?
@zzzzBov: ...No it's not. They're approximately equal, but as you said, 104:292201338 is approximately correct. The actual correct answer is "slightly less than 1/2,809,628", which is the same as "slightly worse odds than 1:2,809,627", which you could reasonably round down to 1:2,809,628. See my first comment for the math.
Oct
1
comment Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?
I'm not sure where @zzzzBov or @nico are seeing 104:292,201,338, that was not stated in any of this answer's revisions. Also nico, 292201337:292201338 is not the same thing as 292201337/292201338 (which is also incorrect, it should be 292201338/292201339 for the reasons I mentioned above. The difference is inconsequential, though)
Oct
1
comment Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?
Which is exactly why original research is strongly discouraged on this site :)
Oct
1
comment Are you more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery?
Please show your math. If the odds of one win are 1:292,201,338, then the odds after 104 attempts would be about 1:2,809,627. See this page (click 'fraction form'). Note that 1:x odds means 1/(x+1) probability.
Jul
28
comment Would eating a packet of cigarettes be fatal?
Even if this claim is true, you can't draw any useful conclusions about cigarettes from it. Eating toothpaste probably isn't good for you, but that doesn't mean using toothpaste is harmful.
Jul
28
comment Would eating a packet of cigarettes be fatal?
Not sure why this answer has so many upvotes, it's the answer to a completely different question..
Jul
27
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Jul
13
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Jul
1
comment Can science explain how bicycles work?
See Physics.SE Why doesn't a bike/bicycle fall if going with a high speed?
Jun
22
comment Do more males than females use the Internet?
Simply looking at the number of males vs. females who use the Internet is not a useful comparison, because nearly everyone uses the Internet these days. A better measure would be, average hours using the Internet per day (which would give a reasonable estimate of 'For a random person who is on the Internet right now, what are the chances they are male?')
Jun
4
comment Is eating rice harmful to birds?
Related: Do birds eat chewing gum they think is bread?
Jun
4
comment Has the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti to build 6 houses?
Right, which is why I don't expect you to debate it here. But some more references would be helpful for anyone else researching this topic. You only have one.
Jun
3
comment Has the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti to build 6 houses?
I think most people reading this are more concerned with "Should I be upset at Red Cross for wasting my donated cash," rather than about the truth of this particular hyperbole. You mentioned "Other parts of the article raise some very valid concerns [..] which have been noted by other reports" - perhaps you could link to those other reports?
May
29
comment Can tortoises become deformed by growing up inside rings of plastic?
@RossPresser: Are you seriously suggesting someone just happened to find a tortoise with a physical deformity the exact shape and size of a plastic ring, then decided to somehow force a plastic ring around it and take pictures?
May
26
comment Are confident guys more likely to get a girlfriend?
Yes, because the question is not "Do you need to be confident to get a girlfriend", it's "Does being confident increase your chances of getting a girlfriend?" You are setting up a completely different question, then arguing against it. That is the very definition of a straw-man argument.
May
26
comment Are confident guys more likely to get a girlfriend?
-1 this is a straw man argument. You seem to be implying that because 97% of men over 25 have had sex, that means 97% of the time the guy gets the girl. Even if that implication were valid (it's clearly preposterous to anyone who's ever tried to "get the girl"), that still wouldn't answer the question of whether confidence increases those odds.