In my 8 random facts from last week, I mentioned a relative who once spoke on the Senate floor in defense of the mediocre among us.

Diane linked that stirring quote to Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor’s mythical home where all the children are above average.

However, everyone in the US may be living in the myth. She also references a book in which the author “made public the statistically impossible finding that all states claimed average student test scores above the national norm”.

But it doesn’t stop with test scores. Business Week recently asked 2000 business executives to rate themselves and 90% of them said they were among the top 10% of performers in their workplace.

I guess “superior” really is the new “average”.

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