How Stephen King Taught Me Percentile Rank and the Normal Curve

Normal curve image adapted from Wikimedia commons.

I was driving my ’58 Plymouth Fury on a long trip out of Boulder, Colorado to a strange town in Maine, when I stopped at a hotel along the way for a needed caffeine boost. A man in glasses and a way with words came over and asked, “So, what do you know about percentile rank and the normal curve?” It was strange for a pick-up line, but…

Okay, okay, that’s not what happened. Frankly, I doubt that Stephen King could have taught me these fundamental concepts in a conversation as well as he taught them to me in one of his novels. Here’s what really happened.

[Read the rest of Jessamyn’s transformation from English Major to Social Scientist on GeekMom.]