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Bread Dangers

Issue 10 and Volume 103.

In your May 1999 humor article on the dangers of bread, you state, as your last fact, that “Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.”

Too true. The second fact you stated was that, “Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.” It should read “score below median,” not “score below average.”

To illustrate using an extreme example: If 99 children score 90 percent on a test, and one scores 10 percent, then the average is 89.2, with only 1 percent of the children scoring below average, not “fully HALF.”

Zalman (Solly) Zitron
CQ Inc.
Homer City, Pa.