statistical reasoning in “The Simpsons”, part two

In a previous post, I wrote about how Lisa Simpson applied statistical reasoning during an episode of The Simpsons. Another recent episode (“The Saga of Carl Carlson”, aired 19 May 2013) demonstrated probabilistic thinking:

At the science museum, the Simpsons family enters the Hall of Probability:


There they see a demonstration of the binomial distribution, with the limiting form superimposed in red:


In a video exhibit that the Simpsons watch, Blaise Pascal explains that the odds of winning the lottery are less than that of getting run over by a car, getting hit by lightning, or being murdered by an acquaintance:


Homer of course buys a lottery ticket anyway, stating that “you can’t win if you don’t play!”


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