Laura’s Team Pick: The Joy of Stats

Did you wake up hoping to see a man use his hands and mouth and technology to talk about the life expectancy and GDP of 200 countries over last 200 years? Today is your lucky day; go buy a lottery ticket.

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Laura is a tiny girl who wishes she were a superhero. She likes talking to her grandma on the phone and making things with her hands. Strengths include an impressive knowledge of Harry Potter, the ability to apply sociology to everything under the sun, and a knack for haggling for groceries in Spanish. Weaknesses: Chick-fil-a, her triceps, girls in glasses, and the subjunctive mood. Follow the vagabond adventures of Laura and her bike on twitter [@laurrrrita].

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  1. This is pretty awesome. & I don’t even really like stats.

    I’m not sure I agree with his conclusions, though. Yeah, life expectancy has increased across the board, but the poor countries aren’t going to get richer, that gap isn’t going to close, because the rich coutries rely on the poverty of the small countries to stay rich – i.e. a lot of people are really invested in maintaining the gap. :-/

  2. Hans Rosling has other great talks on TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). He’s very passionate and knowledgeable about global health. It’s great to watch him!

  3. “1948 was a great year. The war was over, Sweden topped the medal count at the winter Olympics, and I was born!”

  4. In response to the tagline: I fucking love Arthur.

    Jekyll Jekyll Hyde Jekyll Hyde Hyde Jekyll
    Jekyll Jekyll Hyde Jekyll HYDE

  5. This is the most optimistic look at the state of the world I’ve heard in like 5 years. Love it. And its beautiful.

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