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Correlation or causation? Mocking the ease of creating misleading charts

Have you ever wondered how traditional media, politicians and pundits often compare two seemingly unrelated items on a chart and proclaims causation? Food prices are up and so are auto thefts, therefore the fuzzy math is done by someone along the way, a graphic is created and is being presented as related facts when in fact, people are not stealing more cars so they can go buy more expensive groceries, nor are expensive bananas driving car thieves bananas.

Bloomberg.com took a swipe at the art of putting two unrelated facts together and proclaiming correlation or causation:

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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