In this short clip (3 min) ABC News interviews the statistical forecaster Nate Silver on his projections for the 2014 elections in the United States. At around 2:44 in the video, Nate Silver references the normal curve to explain what he means when he says that something has a 60% chance of occurrence. At this point, ABC News stops the tape, overlays a dramatic screen twisting effect, and plays the sound of a vinyl record scratching... all to apologize to the audience for making use of the normal curve.

Aside from knocking me off my chair in laughter, I thought this was a very sad reflection on popular attitudes toward numerical literacy.

On the up side, Silver has just launched his new statistics savvy journalism site. You can read the mission statement here

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