Thursday, March 07, 2013

Don't Become a Statistic

The MTA is running a series of ads in NYC subways:
They have newer ones with "preliminary 2012 data," but I don't have a picture of it. I honestly don't understand this "Don't Become a Statistic" to mean "Don't do something stupid that might get you killed" business, because all 1,640,434,526 other people who were not hit by a train are all also a statistic, yet there are no signs up about that! After all, only 0.0000089% of the subway ridership was hit by a train. So, don't feel bad, all 99.9999911% of you who successfully managed not to be smacked by a subway train -- you're a statistic too! Maybe the signs should read:


  1. Well, I wouldn't be the red dude in that picture, because someone could easily shove him onto the tracks. But, yes, the risk is definitely exaggerated.

  2. 68% of people struck by trains are not killed, making getting hit by a train safer than getting hit by a car going 30mph. So if you have to, choose the train.