Writing Inspiration From Spurious Correlation

Hopefully, you are familiar with the phrase ‘correlation does not prove causation.’ Roughly speaking, this means that two things might appear to be linked and that perhaps one even causes the other but in reality they have nothing to do with one another. For example, in the graph above you can see how bed-sheet death could be blamed on cheese consumption. The spurious correlations website has lots of other great examples.

Which got me thinking. What if you took some of these examples and wrote a story where these arbitrary statistics were linked? What if the number of films Nicholas Cage has starred in really did affect the number of drownings? Or the sales of ice-cream was causally linked to the number of murders that occur? Or what if we lived in a world where a midnight cheese snack was a high-risk activity?

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