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In this section we provide humorous items related to statistics, including cartoons, a gallery of statistical art, jokes, poems, word puzzles, quotes, songs, and videos. For a discussion of the use of fun materials in teaching statistics see the review article by Larry Lesser and Dennis Pearl.


They Can't Take Stat Away from Me
lyric copyright by Robert Carver
may sing to the tune of "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (George and Ira Gershwin)

There are many many crazy things
That will keep me loving you
And with your permission
May I list a few:

The way to fit Y-hat
The way to test with t
The memory of all that
No, they can't take stat away from me.

Oh, center, shape and spread
The look of symmetry
It's all within my head!
No, they can't take stat away from me

I may never, never build another model that I love
But I'll always, always know the meaning of

The bootstrap and jackknife,
Joint probability,
The way it changed my life!
No, they can't take stat away from me.
No, they can't take stat away from me.

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