Lies & Statistics; Land for Peace

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 5 17:17:37 UTC 2000

On Sat, 5 Aug 2000 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    The Making of America database (Cornell) has LIVING AGE, 5 November
> 1892, pg. 379:
>    It has been said by some wits that there are three degrees of
> veracity: "Lies, d--d lies, and statistics."
>    I have an 1880s hit somewhere at home, but didn't post it because I
> thought Mark Twain had it earlier.

Once again Barry's brilliant research has hit pay dirt!  I would of course
be interested in the details of the 1880s hit.

Fred Shapiro

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