Black Cat Study Shows Decline in Bad Luck
Statisticians at Ohio State University have crunched 20 years of data on black cats and misfortune. What they’ve found is a steady decline in the correlation between bad luck and path crossing.
“20 years ago, if a black cat crossed your path, you were pretty much doomed,” says Kip Schuster, who led the study. “These days, the results are pretty negligible.”
A black cat in 2012 conveys nearly the same bad luck as a pineapple — “basically zilch,” says Schuster.
While the researchers are confident in their findings, they’re at a loss to explain the decline.
“Global warming? I don’t know,” says Schuster.