walkman - 4:06 am on Feb 3, 2007 (gmt 0) Ice cream sales and the number of shark attacks on swimmers are correlated.
"Correlation and Causation
We must be very careful in interpreting correlation coefficients. Just because two variables are highly correlated does not mean that one causes the other. In statistical terms, we say that correlation does not imply causation. There are many good examples of correlation which are nonsensical when interpreted in terms of causation.
Skirt lengths and stock prices are highly correlated (as stock prices go up, skirt lengths get shorter)..."
Ice cream sales and the number of shark attacks on swimmers are correlated.