Astrological "evidence" produced by looking at the tails of a normal distribution I just ran across this on a large news aggregation website, so I'm sure some people here might have seen it as well. http://www.inquisitr.com/173752/jail-time-predetermined-by-astrology-signs-says-police-study/ If you look at the data, it appears to be a gaussian distribution, which shouldn't be too surprising. They just picked one of the tails (and it isn't even an extreme outlier, maybe 1 or 2 sigma, I haven't done the math) and are trying to attach some significance to it. This is commonly known as the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy, where this article is drawing a bullseye around the outlier. I'm sure this isn't the first time people have tried using outliers in a normal distribution to show evidence for astrology (or any number of other woo-woo claims). So, it's important to keep your tools sharp in your baloney detection kit, and keep an eye out for this sort of thing.