* on the back of Scott's economic/finance lessons, in the news headlines tonight, lehrer did a report about something or other (i think it was house prices, i wasn't really paying attention) and let's say he said that the average house price fell an average of 10% last month. He helpfully added '50% of sales were higher than that, and 50% of sales were lower.'
The average (50% higher than that, and 50% lower) IQ of americans just went up 5 points.
update: someone called me out in the comments on the difference between median and average.
point taken, humbly.
and i listened to the audio - and yep, lehrer says 'median.' my only excuse, as i say in the post, is that i wasnt listening properly. so there.