Happy mother’s day to unique you!!

(All percentages from google.  There are several statistical assumptions I’m making that are probably false, but it’s all in the name of making a good point, right?)

There are approximately 85.4 million mothers in the US.

44% of these are moms with children younger than 18, or around 37.8 million mothers in the US.

54% of moms eat breakfast with their children, or 20.4 million mothers in the US with young children.

52% of US residents drink coffee, so 10.6 million of these are drinking coffee with their breakfast with young children.

10% of US residents identify as vegetarian, or a little over 1 million of these moms are NOT eating a Sausage McMuffin.  They are, however, eating with their young children and drinking coffee.

65% of US residents have smart phones, or 689,000 of these moms are trying not to spill their coffee on their phones while eating breakfast with their small children.

10% of us residents use twitter, or 68,900 of these moms are tweeting about not spilling their coffee on their phones while eating breakfast with their small children.

61% of US residents wear glasses, or 42,000 of these moms.  They’re thinking they need to clean these glasses because they just mis-spelled a tweet about not spilling their coffee on their phones while eating breakfast with their small children.

2% of US residents are teachers, or 840 of these moms.  They really should be grading papers, instead of thinking they need to clean their glasses because they just mis-spelled a tweet about not spilling their coffee on their phones while eating breakfast with their small children.

3% of US residents have reptile / amphibians as pets, so 25 of these moms.  Crapp!  Has someone fed the frogs recently?

5% of US residents 6’ tall or over: 1 person  – that’s me!!

Point being – all those categories overlap to make one messy me.  That’s true of everybody – we’re just like folks in a number of different groups, but the overlap is unique to each of us.  So, at the risk of being sappy, I hope that you have a great Mother’s Day however you choose to uniquely celebrate it – whether you are a mother, have a mother or know a mother.

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A random thought – the number of cows and the number of mothers in the world are approximately the same.  However, there are ten-thousand times more mothers than there are elephants and giraffes combined.  Point: an elephant or giraffe would be a MUCH cooler Mother’s day gift than a cow.  Free advice.

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2 Comments on “Happy mother’s day to unique you!!”

  1. Laurie says:

    Yikes! No wonder I struggle with stats–a very interesting premise that each category must overlap….but if it gets me a giraffe for Mother’s day…..

    • Yeah… the problem with my assumptions is that each group isn’t evenly spread over the population. For example – the population as a WHOLE is 5% tall, but that is NOT evenly spread between men and women. The actual percentage that applies to my subgroup is much, much smaller.

      What is that quote? Ah yes… there’s lies, damn lies, and statistics 🙂


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