Cause and effect...
I really liked that example. Some of the ‘facts’ are really funny, like “More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.”. That is likely very true, but not relevant. “More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread”, again true – but related? “Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days” – too funny.
But my personal favorite: “Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.”. Now that was awesome.
Now, since that was light and fluffy – you can also read this more serious paper. Cary Millsap forwarded that onto me a while ago. Thought provoking.