Friday, January 14, 2011

Suburban Woman Hears Urban Music on Phone; Assumes Husband Has Been Taken Hostage

The headline says it all. I find depressing the extent of the socio-ethnic-cultural divide in this country.

The wife, demonstrating a complete lack of understanding of Bayesian inference, immediately jumped to an absurdly illogical and improbable conclusion - that her husband had somehow been taken hostage in the school instead of being in the car on the way home:
"He was listening to music and he had, I don't know, hip-hop … or music like that, where there were lyrics that were gangster-like," explained Mark Friedman, interim co-superintendent of District 36. "So there were lyrics on the radio as he was driving home, and she listened to it and became concerned."
Yes, 'cause I'm sure that kind of hostage taking happens all the time in the affluent Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Illinois:



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