Friday, October 16, 2009

How October 31 adds up

Even Statistics Canada is getting into the Halloween mood! (Albeit in a lame, numbers-based sort of way –see here.) Some of the more banal pickings include: "the amount of pumpkin and squash available for consumption as food per capita in Canada in 2008" or "the operating revenue for the video tape and disc rental industry in 2006, down 1.3% from 2005." I fail to see how this former stat applies to Halloween at all, but whatever. My favourite one is "between 1996 and 2006, the number of female funeral directors and embalmers in Canada nearly doubled." Work it, ladies!

Some Halloween stats I would be interested in seeing? How many razor blades are actually found in apples. Or popular Halloween costumes by year. Then we could pinpoint trends, such as the rise and fall of Mr.T, or when kids finally realized that Sponge Bob Square Pants is not cool, just creepy. Sigh. I suppose these statistics are pretty nigh impossible, although I would volunteer to dress up as a census taker and help out.

1 comment:

  1. video rentals are down because more people are having parties where they get drunk and dance instead of curling up and watching jason and freddie duke it out.

    at least that would be my guess.