To help get everyone geared up for Thanksgiving, here is a little fact sheet from the Census Bureau about Thanksgiving related topics. Wouldn’t want everyone heading to their Thanksgiving festivities (hopefully including some time for actually being thankful) under-informed! I particularly like the “Editor’s Note” at the bottom:
Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <PIO@census.gov>.
OK, maybe only a statistician would find that to be of any interest, but I am glad that they acknowledged sampling variability and possible other errors in the data. There should always be this proviso, but I’m glad the Census Bureau is willing to put it in writing. 🙂