These days, you can't turn your head or you'll hear it on the radio, see it on tv, or read about it in the newspaper.
And not just any statistics, nooooo, but statistics about subjects where you have to ask yourself, was it really neccesary to investigate this. Is there any practical use for this? Was this all you could think of when you were deciding on how you would spend your time?
But the truth is it seems to sell. Otherwise it would not be so publically advertised and common.
So what is it about statistics that peaks peoples interests?