I love statistics. They are a valuable commodity in a discussion to formalize a point and validate your position. Many times, others will question the source, accuracy, or even meaning of a statistic to skew the results in their favor. In addition, a statistic taken out of context, or viewed on its own, can lead to very misleading results. The point is statistics drive everything from social initiatives to new product development. The methodologies to collect and develop them are a science.