Here's a story to warm the cold recesses of your stoney heart this chilly February day. The Daily Mail hasn't actually written it yet, but don't worry, they're working on it. A Daily Mail journalist has just this afternoon issued the following plea:
I'm putting together a piece detailing the worst counties in the UK - each county having one specific issue, so the most ASBOS, the most miserable, the most smokers... with whatever info appears, explaining briefly why and who the stats are from. Might be a good opportunity to get a plug in for any surveys done. Do please get in touch asap if you can help at all.
That's right, he's already putting the piece together.
True, he has no idea what data he'll find or need to support whatever hypothesis he's already decided upon but he figures every county must be the worst for something.
All he needs now is "whatever info" might be forthcoming to support the piece he's already working on. And somehow you just know he'll find something.
UPDATE: It's been suggested, quite reasonably, that the Mail's article could have been inspired by this graphic from Pleated Jeans. But somehow we think it may lack the same level of wit... or scientific gravitas: