Consider this your bit of science education for the week!
Did you know that the Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines correlates with the Marriage rate in Alabama?
Or how about the age of Miss America correlates with murders by steam, hot vapors, and hot objects?
(Check out 40 other crazy correlations here.)
But does that mean that the marriage rate in Alabama is somehow related to the number of people who are electrocuted by power lines? Or that the age of Miss American somehow causes murders by steam, hot vapors, and hot objects?
Of course not.
We know that because correlation does not equal causation. There has to be another step of logical and rationale thought that let’s us know the two things are not related, even if the numbers on a pretty chart look like they may be related.
Tyler Vigen, who compiled all of those crazy correlations explains the relationship (er, or lack thereof):