The CDC recently had to correct an error in a flooring report – it was a silly calculation error that we have all made before, but that had a huge outcome. They forgot to convert feet to meters in their report, meaning they severely underestimated health risks related to formaldehyde in laminate flooring. The risks are actually three-fold higher than previously reported. Glad they caught their mistake eventually, that’s a pretty big jump! What a great example of how the slightest error can completely change your results and the consequences of those results.
Interestingly, the article linked also reports that stock prices for Lumber Liquidators, a flooring company, had increased with the initial CDC findings and has now plummeted since the correction. So, remember to convert your units and carry the one, etc. because even the silliest miscalculation can have huge repercussions!