cosmic latte

That colour is the average colour of the universe. Really.

It is called Cosmic Latte, if your interested in getting some paint for your living room.

Oh, youve decorated?” a friend will say. “Is it Misty Buff?“, they will ask.

No, it’s the average colour of everything in existence“, you will reply confidently.

But other than a latte what else can you think if that is that colour? Post boxes aren’t, no matter where in the world you live. Neither are seagulls, grass, lemons or the sky. My left arm isn’t that colour and neither is your hair. The car you drive probably isn’t that colour and neither is the coke you drink. They’re all in this universe, but are hidden in the arithmetic by big things like Jupiter or the Crab Nebula.

Averages suck. They fib, they fool and they lead people astray. If you see a performance measure, or any data, that is an average  you’re being fooled. Don’t let it!

This post has been brought to you by the Society for Helping Everybody With Hard Arithmetic, Results and Totalling (SHEWHART).

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