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99.9% success rate

99.9% success rate – that’s good, right?

You often hear people say that they have a “99.9% success rate”. Well, if that is acceptable, then: 

  • 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  • 114,500 mismatched pairs of shoes will be shipped/year.
  • 18,322 pieces of mail will be mishandled/hour.
  • 2,000,000 documents will be lost by the IRS this year.
  • 2.5 million books will be shipped with the wrong covers.
  • Two planes landed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport will be unsafe every day.
  • 315 entries in Webster’s Dictionary will be misspelled.
  • 20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions will be written this year.
  • 880,000 credit cards in circulation will turn out to have incorrect cardholder information on their magnetic strips.
  • 103,260 income tax returns will be processed incorrectly during the year.
  • 5.5 million cases of soft drinks produced will be flat.
  • 291 pacemaker operations will be performed incorrectly.
  • 3056 copies of tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal will be missing one of the three sections
  • A typical day would be 24 hours long (give or take 86.4 seconds).

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