however! the real reason i am here is a shameless misuse of statistics that i just found, so off it prompted me to come post this. gilbert sez "the average american... marries more than once". now according to the endnotes (because i'm a nerd who checks endnotes), the actual numbers are 10% will never marry, 60% will marry once, and 30% will marry more than once. now, yes, the average american according to this will marry at least 1.2 times. but that is nonsense, you can't marry .2 times: you is or you ain't. the number needs to be rounded. if 99.9% of people married exactly once and 0.1% married more than once, on average we would all marry more than once. but saying it that way gets the situation exactly backwards. whoopty doo.
it's funny that, in a book dedicated in part to debunking the ways people unconsciously cook facts to support their beliefs, he'd pull such a shenanigan.