Monday, March 20, 2006

Small facts which prove nothing

Via Gordon, I learned this morning that the Isle of Man has won its first gold medal for 20 years in the Commonwealth Games (Mark Cavendish, in the cycling, the men's scratch, whatever that is). That means that the Isle of Man has one won gold medal for every 75,000 inhabitants, which is a remarkable success (and because it also has a bronze in a shooting event, it has won one medal for every 30,000 inhabitants). India, with 12 golds so far, has won only one gold medal for every 9 million inhabitants, and with 23 medals overall, has won one medal for every 4.7 million inhabitants approximately. Like I said, some facts (and some comparisons) prove nothing.


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