The Ubiquitous 97%

As a matter of curiousity, I checked on places that famous 97% shows up:

“Flu jab is a waste of time for 97% of patients”              Daily Mail 5Feb2015

“Educate yourself why 3% People Control 97% of the wealth”       Alwedekka blog 1Nov2010

“Report: 97% of mobile malware in on android” Forbes 24Mar2014

“When is it too late to fire software developers (97% complete for last six months”     Quora 31Mar

“Why 97% of strategic planning is a waste of time”        The Founder’s Mentality blog 22Jul2014

“Mydvd burn stops at 97%”          Roxio 18Feb2015

“97% of US adults own a cell phone”            magicJack blog

“VMWare converter—importing Linux image fails at 97%”           Techhead

“If Chemotherapy fails 97% of the time…..”

“97% of Planned Parenthood’s work is mammograms,……”       Politifact 27Setp2015

“97% of Apple watch owners are satisfied”         Forbes 20Jul2015

“97% of the galaxies in the universe are unreachable” 20Aug2015

“Coal India achieves 97% of coal output target…..”      1Aug2015

“97% of counterfeit money in China……”              Odditycentral 5 june2015

“New Jersey: 97% of teachers rated effective or highly effective: 2 Jun 2015

“97% of People are deficient in this nutrient” 

“97% of drug trials back the firm that paid for them” 30Aug2015

“97% of eligible Scots registered to vote in independence referendum”

“BBC responsible for 97% of kids commissions”      2Jul2015

“Over 97% of homicides in America aren’t committed in self-defense”               Quartz

“Almost 97% of the Good Jobs created since 2010…..”               BloombergBusiness

“Dark Energy renders 97% of the galaxies in our observable universe….”           Forbes 8Jul2015

“Why 97% of people don’t use 529 college savings plans”              Bloomberg 9Sept2014

“Why do 97% of people take a job over starting a business?” 

“97% of people make these DIY mistakes! (Don’t be one of them!)

“8 lies that 97% of people at the gym will tell” 27Feb2015

“97% of people are quitters”  

“97% of people globally unable to correctly identify phishing emails” 13 May2015

“97% of people in MLM network marketing love get rich quick schemes!”

“Shocking body-image news: 97% of women will be cruel to their bodies today” 3Feb2011

“97% of people fail at internet marketing? Why?”     9Feb2012

“Shocking connection: 97% of all terminal cancer patients….”    

“97 of every 100 rapists receive no punishment”


Seems 97% is a very commonly used figure in many areas.  Makes one wonder about the accuracy of the actual statistic—is it science or is it marketing?


97% of the time I just don’t feel like coming out


2 comments on “The Ubiquitous 97%

  1. Gary says:

    It’s become a meme. Too large a number to ignore, yet not perfect (100%) because that’s not believable. Back in the day, way be for the internet, 4 out of 5 (80%) was convincing. Inflation set in and boosted it to 97%. It’s a prime number too so maybe there’s a mystical allure about it.

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