And thus follows my official list of percents:

  • Chance that you will read through this entire post: 22%
  • Chance a fair coin will land on a particular side (but for the sake of political correctness, I cannot specify which one): 50%
  • Chance that a random percent between 0% and 100% is less than 67.284%: 67.284%
  • Percent that corresponds to “100%” as used in everyday speech: 70%
  • Percent that corresponds to “110%” as used in everyday speech: 60%
  • Percent that corresponds to “100%” as used by computer scientists when estimating the chance that their program will work correctly on the first try: 3%
  • The percentage of lies that are statistics: 94%
  • The chance that this particular percent is correct: 64%
  • The percentage of total views of this blog that came from a single post: 57.2%
  • Chance of drawing a royal flush: 0.000154%
  • Suppose 2 individuals were each told to pick an arbitrary grain of sand in any beach on Earth. Chance that the two picked the exact same grain of sand: ~0.00000000000000001%
  • Chance that a randomly chosen number on the number line is rational: 0%
  • Percent mass of the solar system that is taken up by the Sun: 99.86%
  • Chance that a long-count cycle of the Mayan calendar ends on 12/21/12: 99%
  • Chance the world will end on 12/21/12: 0.00000001%
  • Chance that there will be a mass panic on 12/21/12: 2%
  • Difference between .999999999999… and 1: 0%
  • Chance that we are actually living in a simulated reality, according to this paper: ~100%
  • Percent of people who are in the top 10%: 10%
  • Percent of posts I write that contain self-reference, such as this one: 32%
  • Chance that some percentage is repeated in this list: 100%
  • Percent of your brain that you use, according to a popular but nonetheless made-up fact on the Internet: 10%
  • Percent of your brain that you actually use: ~100%
  • Chance that a randomly chosen word contains the letter “e”: 13%
  • Chance that this entire list is useless: 99.59%
  • Percent of the percent-sign (%) that I can draw in 0.2 seconds: 33%
  • The percent of KNOWLEDGE that human beings currently understand, assuming knowledge is infinite: 0%
  • How much I care about politics: 0.1%
  • 1 + 1: 200%
  • Chance that 42 is your favorite number: 42%
  • Chance that something which works in theory will work in practice: 1%
  • Chance that something which works in practice will work in theory: 1%
  • Chance that there will be a spam comment, which will be caught immediately by WordPress’s magical anti-spam system: 97%
  • Chance that there is something ironic in this post: 97%
  • Difference between a “slim chance” and a “fat chance”: 0%
  • Chance that a randomly chosen integer in the neighborhood of 1 trillion is a prime number: ~3.62%
  • Chance that the previous result invoked the prime number theorem: 100%
  • Percent of readers who actually clicked the link in the previous bullet: 17%
  • Percent of readers who originally didn’t click that link, but then did after reading the bullet after that link: 35%
  • Inflation rate of the United States in March 2012: 2.7%
  • Inflation rate of the United States in January 1922: -11.1%
  • Inflation rate of Hungary in July 1946: 41,900,000,000,000,000%
  • Inflation of volume of the Universe, according to the conventional Big Bang Model, in an extremely tiny fraction of a second: 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000%
  • Percent of people who scrolled through this article, but then stopped for a while to look at what the above commotion of 80 zeros in a row meant: 88%
  • Freshness rating of The Titanic (1997): 87.7%
  • Size of the model of the ship used for the film, compared to the size of the actual RMS Titanic (comparing length): 87.5%
  • Chance that some boredom has caused me to compose this list of percentages: 93%
  • Percent of people who want this list to end soon: 95%
  • Top speed of a cheetah compared to the top speed of the fastest human: 321%
  • Speed of sound in standard atmospheric conditions compared to the top speed of a cheetah: 1000%
  • Speed of light in a vacuum compared to the speed of sound in standard atmospheric conditions: 87,350,000%
  • Strength of the electromagnetic force compared to the strength of the gravitational force: 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000%
  • Percent of people who are puzzled by the number above: 100%
  • Percent of physics that can be explained by assuming all particles are made of tiny spherical monkeys, who are of course typing furiously on tiny typewriters: 100%
  • Chance that we will find the Higgs boson by the end of the year: 33%
  • Chance that we will find evidence of extraterrestrial life, by the end of the 21st century: 50%
  • The width of a dollar bill to its length: 42.6%
  • A percentage of great important to statistics: 95%
  • The amount of sense that the next 3 bullets make, when looked at together: 30%
  • Nitrogen composition of Venus’s atmosphere: 3.5%
  • Nitrogen composition of Earth’s atmosphere: 78%
  • Amount of nitrogen in Venus’s atmosphere compared to the amount of nitrogen in Earth’s atmosphere: 404%
  • Percent of people who instantly realized what is going on above: 10%
  • Chance that a random fact on the Internet is correct: 13%
  • Chance that someone is, at this moment, wrong on the Internet: 100%
  • 1/0: ∞%
  • -1/0: -∞%
  • The ability to destroy a planet, next to the power of the Force: 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%
  • The power level of a certain character: over 900,000%
  • The number of people reading this article who will post a comment: 0.1%
  • The absolute temperature (Kelvin) of Hell compared to the absolute temperature of Heaven, according to the Applied Optics journal: at most 89.975% (yes, this means Hell is cooler than Heaven, and thus Heaven is hotter than Hell)
  • Percent of Americans who aren’t entitled to their own opinion: 38%
  • Percent of Americans that believe the above statement: 87%
  • Percent of all money that is wasted: 93.2%
  • Percent of facts in this list that were made up: 32.5%
  • Chance that the writer has to attend some completely useless meeting in the next half-hour, and therefore must end the list: 110%

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