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mugaliens
2008-Sep-04, 10:05 PM
These are the rules of 10%, and it's 90% counterpart. Please add to them. Feel free to add 80%/20% rules in there, too.

1. 10% of the people make 90% of the money.

2. 10% of the people have 90% of the money.

3. 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

4. 80% of the world lives in poverty.

5. A wise investor invests 10% of his money whenever the market makes a downturn, but only if the amount of that downturn occurs less than 10% of the time.

6. The wise investor does the same thing in reverse for market upswings.

7. Over time, 80% of investors who follow such "market wisdom" have less money than when they began, while 20% have considerably greater returns than the market average.

8. Of all non-native species that are released into new ecosystems, about 10% survive at all, and of these survivors, about 10% (or 1% of the originally released species) becomes invasive.

9. When engaging in your exercise plan, you should increase your activity no more than 10 percent per week to avoid injury.

10. Students who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class are eligible for automatic admission to any public university in Texas.

11. If you want to lose weight, aim to lose 10 percent of your current weight within the next three to six months, then keep it there until one year is up. After that, you can go for the next 10%.

12. For any sufficiently large population (1,000 or more), surveying a randomly selected 10% sample size will produce statistics that vary by less than 10% from the population.

tdvance
2008-Sep-04, 10:19 PM
5% of the people pay 80% of the federal income taxes (in the US, and 30% of the people are 100% (federal income) tax free)

10% of the people produce 90% of the goods and services

I bet at workplaces with leave banks, 10% of the people use 90% of the sick leave

how about this one:

10% of the people are not as smart as 90% of the population :)

mike alexander
2008-Sep-04, 10:30 PM
The Circumcision Rule says you can cut 10% off anything.

nauthiz
2008-Sep-04, 10:35 PM
The last 10% of the work takes 90% of the time.

mike alexander
2008-Sep-04, 10:52 PM
It's the 95% of lawyers who give the other 5% a bad name.

Jay200MPH
2008-Sep-05, 06:50 AM
90% of everything is crap.
90% of people don't care and just keep buying it.

- J

sarongsong
2008-Sep-05, 07:46 AM
...Feel free to add 80%/20% rules in there, too...Got'a seventythirty here:
...approximately 30% of all new, first year restaurants go out of business...
ezine (http://ezinearticles.com/?Top-Tips-For-Your-New-Restaurant-From-a-Restaurant-Consultant&id=61572)

novaderrik
2008-Sep-05, 07:57 AM
93% of all statistics are made up on the spot, but only 78% of the time.

LotusExcelle
2008-Sep-05, 10:29 AM
60% of the time it works everytime. its made from real panther - so you know its good.

WaxRubiks
2008-Sep-05, 10:47 AM
the % sign can be turned into a crazzzzy emoticon>>> %)

Neverfly
2008-Sep-05, 10:49 AM
the % sign can be turned into a crazzzzy emoticon>>> %)

10% of the population do not recognize that emoticon as a face.

geonuc
2008-Sep-05, 10:55 AM
Given a 50/50 chance of being right, it'll be wrong 90% of the time.

darkhunter
2008-Sep-05, 11:10 AM
You've got to be 10% smarter than the object you're trying to use.

LotusExcelle
2008-Sep-05, 11:20 AM
You've got to be 10% smarter than the object you're trying to use.

This raises many conundrums. First of all this means that my sledgehammer is only 10% dumber than I am. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Neverfly
2008-Sep-05, 11:26 AM
I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Too bad that you're not smarter- You might be able to figure out how you feel about it.

WaxRubiks
2008-Sep-05, 11:38 AM
sledgehammers ARE smart; they make you do all the work; and they keep on changing their handles, so you never quite know who you're dealing with...:think::neutral:

LotusExcelle
2008-Sep-05, 12:15 PM
My sledgehammer's name is Bessy. Technically she's Bessy II as the original Bessy met an untimely death a number of years ago. Someone (not me) got angry and set it through a cinder block wall where it remains to this day.

Bessy II has served me well and has gotten me out of a number of jams. But it comes at a cost. A few errant swings have taken their toll: a co-worker once threw Bessy II on the ground where it promptly slid across the floor at high speed and hit me in the ankle. Similar situation again but this time it hit my shin and gave me a hairline fracture. I also hit my thumb with it and had to have the skin glued back on in the ER.

Hmmm. Maybe I need to re-evaluate our relationship.

Ilya
2008-Sep-05, 04:08 PM
First 50% of any engineering project takes up 90% of the time. Second 50% of the project also takes up 90% of the time.

Swift
2008-Sep-05, 04:58 PM
10% of the BAUT membership makes 90% of the posts

Neverfly
2008-Sep-05, 05:04 PM
10% of the BAUT membership makes 90% of the posts

That one might actually be true...:think:

Swift
2008-Sep-05, 05:15 PM
That one might actually be true...:think:
Actually, I suspect it might be closer to 5% and 95%, but I don't have actual data.

LotusExcelle
2008-Sep-05, 05:24 PM
Swift - 90% of all claims have no data, no data shows.

jfribrg
2008-Sep-05, 07:39 PM
In computer programming, the computer spends 90% of its time executing 10% of the program. The lesson here is that when you optimize the program to speed it up, don't waste your time worrying about the 90% of the program that hardly ever gets executed.

mugaliens
2008-Sep-05, 08:04 PM
Your computer's processor sits idle more than 90% of the time. Except when you need it. Then it appears your processor is only 10% of the speed it needs to be. However, it's the speed it is because you only paid 10% of what it would cost for a processor to run at the speed you want it to run at.

WaxRubiks
2008-Sep-05, 08:49 PM
some people sound like they talk slowly, but that is due to their tongue moving at 98% speed of light and time dilation.

Fazor
2008-Sep-05, 09:06 PM
One that I often notice:
10% Less Fat = 90% more cost.

*Edit: Note the above rule applies both to food AND strippers. ...err, or so I've heard.

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-05, 09:11 PM
In computer programming, the computer spends 90% of its time executing 10% of the program. The lesson here is that when you optimize the program to speed it up, don't waste your time worrying about the 90% of the program that hardly ever gets executed.

Yes, 90% of the work is done by 10% of the code, that being the code that in loops primarily. As for the rest of the code, most of the time the computer is simply waiting. All optimizing that code will do is let the computer wait faster. Optimizing loop code can pay very big benefits.

weatherc
2008-Sep-05, 10:23 PM
In any mechanical disassembly (today, it was a lawnmower), the last bolt will take 75% of the total disassembly time to loosen and remove.

tdvance
2008-Sep-05, 10:42 PM
When putting it back together, you spend 95% of the time figuring out where 5% of the bolts were supposed to go.

novaderrik
2008-Sep-05, 11:15 PM
When putting it back together, you spend 95% of the time figuring out where 5% of the bolts were supposed to go.
they go in the bolt bucket under the bench approximately 65% of the time..

weatherc
2008-Sep-06, 02:00 AM
When putting it back together, you spend 95% of the time figuring out where 5% of the bolts were supposed to go.And 5% of the bolts will drop somewhere into the engine so that it will be necessary to remove 90% of the bolts in order to retrieve them.

HenrikOlsen
2008-Sep-06, 07:46 AM
Bessy II has served me well and has gotten me out of a number of jams. But it comes at a cost. A few errant swings have taken their toll: a co-worker once threw Bessy II on the ground where it promptly slid across the floor at high speed and hit me in the ankle. Similar situation again but this time it hit my shin and gave me a hairline fracture. I also hit my thumb with it and had to have the skin glued back on in the ER.

Hmmm. Maybe I need to re-evaluate our relationship.
In my workshop, if a tool has drawn blood it's named.

crosscountry
2008-Sep-06, 05:58 PM
95% of my tools have drawn 5% of my blood

mugaliens
2008-Sep-07, 08:41 PM
When codifying business rules, 90% of all users will occupy 99% of your time as you wade through their misunderstandings of what they actually do, while 5% of all users actually do understand the business rules, so they only take up 1% of your time.