"Psychologists used to believe homosexuality was caused by nurture — namely overbearing mothers and distant fathers — but that theory has been disproved. Today, scientists are looking at genes, environment, brain structure and hormones. There is one area of consensus: that homosexuality involves more than just sexual behavior; it’s physiological."
[CBS News | March 12, 2006]
In his autobiography, Mark Twain attributed the remark "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" to Disraeli. This famous line now appears often in quote collections under Disraeli's name (and Twain's too, on occasion). "Lies, damned lies..." has also been attributed to Henry Labouchère, Abram Hewitt, and others. No one other than Twain is known to have credited Disraeli with making the comment. British statistician John Bibby once appealed to his colleagues for a reliable source of the saying. The best anyone could come up with was this 1896 comment by a member of the Royal Statistical Society: "We may quote to one another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, lies, damned lies, statistics..." After consulting a Disraeli biographer, Bibby concluded that he probably wasn't this Wise Statesman. Bibby is still trying to determine who was."
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