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Old 10 March 2009, 01:31 PM
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Teacher Veegle - SUBSTANTIATED TRUE FACTS

Here is a site with lots and lots of facts on it with unlinked cites as well. Here are a few.

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The odds are 1 out of 3 (36%) that you have a criminal record, if you have graduated from the Atlanta Police Academy. - The Week Magazine, 10/24/08

The odds are 1 out of 4 (23%) that you saw an X-rated film last year. - Fast Company, 11/08

The odds are 1 out of 7 (14%) that you have replaced your land-line phone with your cell phone. - The Week Magazine, 12/26/08

The odds are 1 out of 14 (7.2%) that a car accident in the United States is a result of a distraction caused by a cell phone. - San Diego Union, 9/27/08

The odds are 1 out of 30 (3.3%) that a human death in 2007 was a direct result of alcohol. - Medical News Today, 9/1/08
I did a quick search on here but couldn't find anything about the site.

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Old 10 March 2009, 02:17 PM
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Their definition of substantiated appears to be that the 'fact' has been published, and it seems that most of those quoted above were originally used in comparisons. I have no doubt that what they have posted were published by the sources listed in the appropriate edition, but many (most of them not quoted in the OP) are apparently pure guesses, some however are apparently accurate figures from published sources (mainly medical; for examples the chances of you dying from a specific cause)
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Old 10 March 2009, 02:37 PM
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This web site is conceived, created and maintained by Howard Daughters.

Every fact on the web site has been gleaned from the source noted - every fact is true as reported by the source. I have not included the actual links to the various sources as the actual source web page may be moved. Also, many facts come from websites that require a subscription, so unless you are a subscriber or member of that site, you would not be able to see the source article without logging on.

To corroborate the fact, I suggest using key words from the article in a search engine; you should always get at least a source or two.
From the site. It's a huge site too, something different to kill time with.

He also runs funny2.com
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Old 10 March 2009, 04:01 PM
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The example of a 1 in 4 chance of seeing an 'x-rated' movie stands out to me. It could not possibly be true: there has not been the 'x' rating in well over a decade (ETA: according to Wikipedia, since 1990). I think the last movie to actually get an X rating was Last Tango in Paris, which is only interesting to those who reflect too long on Jaba the Hutt's interest in Princess Leia.
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Old 10 March 2009, 04:45 PM
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Because some of the websites may require registration or be out of date, everyone who wants to find the source has to google it themselves for each and every fact? That's not much of an excuse for a lack of links.
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Old 10 March 2009, 04:55 PM
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The example of a 1 in 4 chance of seeing an 'x-rated' movie stands out to me. It could not possibly be true: there has not been the 'x' rating in well over a decade (ETA: according to Wikipedia, since 1990). I think the last movie to actually get an X rating was Last Tango in Paris, which is only interesting to those who reflect too long on Jaba the Hutt's interest in Princess Leia.
I think you are confusing two concepts here. Yes, there was once an official X rating, but it wasn't really applied to, and does not reflect, what most people mean when they use the words "x-rated". I certainly would not include "Last Tango in Paris" in my definition of x-rated movies.
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Old 10 March 2009, 05:17 PM
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what most people mean when they use the words "x-rated"
"What most people mean" doesn't make much of a solid statistic fact.
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Old 10 March 2009, 05:21 PM
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"What most people mean" doesn't make much of a solid statistic fact.
It does when there is a fairly solid consensus on what a word means.
"X-rated" in common parlance means pornographic. I have never heard of anyone who used the word to mean "rated X by the ratings association".
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It does when there is a fairly solid consensus on what a word means.
"X-rated" in common parlance means pornographic. I have never heard of anyone who used the word to mean "rated X by the ratings association".
I don't think of "X-rated" as meaning pornographic, I just think of it meaning Graphic. More blood and guts or nudity without actual sexual scenes in the movie.
When talking about statistics the only possible way to refer to something is by actual definition, not by unsubstantiated opinions. Your statistics would be meaningless otherwise.
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Old 10 March 2009, 07:06 PM
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I don't think of "X-rated" as meaning pornographic, I just think of it meaning Graphic. More blood and guts or nudity without actual sexual scenes in the movie.
When talking about statistics the only possible way to refer to something is by actual definition, not by unsubstantiated opinions. Your statistics would be meaningless otherwise.
The problem with "X rated" is that it is not an official rating of the MPAA. And, "XXX" certainly isn't an official rating.

In general "pornographic movies" are not rated by any organization. So, how do you classify the movies for the purposes of the study? You could say all unrated movies are "porno" but that is obviously incorrect since I can walk into Blockbuster and get unrated movies. I can't get "pornos" at Blockbuster.

So, though there is some disagreement as to what constitutes "porno" it is still generally equated with the completely unofficial "XXX" rating. Since there aren't any movies offically rated "X", the "X" has become equivalent to "XXX", which is an unoffical rating.
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I don't think of "X-rated" as meaning pornographic, I just think of it meaning Graphic. More blood and guts or nudity without actual sexual scenes in the movie.
Ditto (tho IMO an "X-rated" movie could contain sex scenes, it just isn't vital.) I've also seen it used simply to mean "mainstream theatres wouldn't show it due to violent/sexual content."

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When talking about statistics the only possible way to refer to something is by actual definition, not by unsubstantiated opinions. Your statistics would be meaningless otherwise.
Exactly. You might as well talk about "obscene films" - while the term does have a legal status in some areas, for the most part it's subjective, and therefore largely meaningless.

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It does when there is a fairly solid consensus on what a word means.
"X-rated" in common parlance means pornographic.
Is there even a fairly solid consensus on what constitutes "watching pornography"? Without knowing the source and exact question such statistics are meaningless. Does internet porn count? Do those late-night ads for sex lines which you can hardly avoid here when switching on the TV on a sleepless night count?
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