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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Oct. 28, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the Oct. 21, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Where the action is @." TechRepublic member gwcarter nicked The Trivia Geek for invoking death where only mere finance was involved.

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This week's quibble comes from the Oct. 21, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Where the action is @." TechRepublic member gwcarter nicked me for invoking death where only mere finance was involved, as when I spoke of actuarial matters:

"Actuaries are fundamentally statisticians, concerned with mortality and liability, as in INSURANCE COMPANIES! "10 units @ $1" is something an accountant would be concerned with."

Right you are, dear reader. I cited actuaries where accountants where rightfully name-checked. In compensation, I offer this reminder of just how great and terrible actuarial science can be. Thanks for the quibble, and keep them coming!

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