Math Mistakes in the News

Almost 10% of Canadians…

Check out this silly news article about a poll that was taken to see if people believe the world is going to end in 2012! AAaaackk!!

The title of the article is:
Almost 10% of Canadians believe Mayan end-of-the-world prediction

Followed by the first sentence
“Nine per cent of Canadians believe that the Mayan calendar, which some say ends in 2012, marks the end of the world, according a new international poll.”


Oh wait, it’s 1 in 7 now!! Close enough.

Thanks to Mike for this submission!


Units Matter

Thanks to yongoro for this math fail in the news:

On Thursday’s Hardball, Chris Matthews preposterously insisted that Barack Obama added “only 13 people” to the federal workforce in 2009 and that the total number of individuals working for the U.S. government (as of 2010) was 4,443.

According to the Office of Personnel Management (the source Matthews cited), there were 4,430,000 federal employees by 2010 and the President increased the numbers by 13,000, not 13.


Teacher fail


A big newspaper in Norway did a series of articles concerning Norwegian kids’ math skills. Many of the articles included this picture. Clearly, the kids is not to be blamed for doing it bad on international rankings..

Credit: Mats