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How much do you weigh?

The smart-alec statistician goes into the hospital for an outpatient coronary catheterization procedure.

The Admitting Nurse asks him, "How much do you weigh?" and he answers, after a moment of confusion, "174 pounds."

The confusion comes from having been weighed multiple times over the past week: at home, buck-naked, on his crappy mechanical bathroom scale; in the doctor's office, clothed, with shoes but with pockets emptied, on the doctor's scale by the nurse; in the hospital, by the hospital bed, wearing only a hospital gown; and again, in the doctor's office, without shoes and with pockets emptied. Each had given a slightly different result.

Now the smart-alec statistician has been re-reading some works of W. Edwards Deming. A few tens of minutes after the Admitting Nurse asks her question, it occurrs to the statistician that maybe he really should have responded, "By what method?" And he sighs at the lost opportunity.

An hour or so later, the statistician is lying on the table in the operating room. The nurse preparing the meds asks, "How much do you weigh?" "Aha!" thinks the statistician, "Now's my chance!"

But then he wonders: does he really want to give a smart-alec reply to a serious question from someone about to prepare a dose of really potent stuff and then inject it directly into the his bloodstream?

And he replies, meekly, "174 pounds."

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