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It’s really easy to toss numbers around. I know that. And, apparently, so do the nerds over at McKinsey and Co. In fact, one of my home state heroes, Mark Twain, even once admitted, “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.” (And on a more personal note: Never trust a journalist with numbers. We’re notoriously bad at math.There’s a reason we flocked to journalism school. Besides, we’re usually too lazy to check our work, anyway.)

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