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The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight
November 22nd, 2006 
JOY
Just a quick note before we go on to the actualization of the competitive spirit: This week's Friday Poll will be a Monday Poll. I will be in a tryptophan coma on Friday, and we'll all need something to gear us back up from the 4-day weekend.

And now for the answers. As usual, they've been snipped to protect the latecomers: NHL Player or Pokémon!Collapse )

Dayum. I thought you guys got spanker-dankered last week. Sorry to say, piperlemons, you've been unseated as the lowest scoring This or That participant, coincidentally enough by another first-time player, batbat. I would think living in Japan would balance out an Englishman's limited access to American hockey, but way to tank it, man. 2/13. Welcome aboard!

This week's winner, bucking the "First Time's the Bomb" curse with what I would suspect a cheater's score had I not known he's both a big dork and from Michigan (and the only respondent to correctly identify Milotic as a Pokémon) is matic with 12/13!

And like so many hockey games, tarpo and friendship7 are tied for second with 10/13!

Rounding out third: Pittsburgh's Favorite Daughter observacious slips in with 8/13!

And that, as they say, is that. See you fools on Monday.
12:00 pm - Cold Hard Facts.
JOY
The majority of my job is researching stuff on the internet. People at work come and ask me seemingly ridiculous questions like the one I got yesterday that asked if there was any data to refute a claim that nonunion construction sites are more dangerous to immigrant workers than union sites. You may think, like I did at first, that this is impossible to research.

While I have yet to find exactly what I need, I did find this awesome collection of information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: all the reported workplace injuries that caused people to miss work in 2005 broken down by type of accident and the racial demographic of the injured. With this document, we can make the following statements:

According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, African Americans were twice as likely as Hispanics to miss work in 2005 because of an injury resulting from an assault involving hitting, kicking, or beating, but nearly 91% of reported injuries where an employee missed work because of an assault involving biting were suffered by Whites. Hispanics were twice as likely as Blacks to miss work because of an assault by an animal, and three times as likely to become injured from falling off a ladder. Approximately the same amount of Blacks and Hispanics, however, were struck by or slammed in a door or a gate. Similarly, the same amount of Blacks were injured from exposure to radiation as American Indian/Alaska Natives. Whites suffered nearly 100% of reported injuries from excavation or trenching cave-ins, lightning strikes, and prolonged exposure to noise.

So if you ever want to say that Hispanics are most likely to get burned in a battery explosion, here's your backup.
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