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9.19: Talk Like a Pirate Experiencing Global Warming

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, here’s the chart showing the connection between the decrease in the number of pirates and the increase in global warming, as taken, of course, from the web home of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This brilliant thing is from a letter to the Kansas School board, written in response to their decision to include theories of “intelligent design” along with evolution in science classes. That letter kicked off the whole Flying Spaghetti Monster movement, which is a beautifully realized satire of organized religion that seems to have become a religion unto itself. Anyway, this graph represents the chasm between correlation and causation; if that chasm is not negotiated successfully, bad science can result. For example: according to this graph, if only we had more pirates these days, the global temperatures would drop. Enjoy the accompanying text from the FSM site:

You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.


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