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For students who enjoy drawing cartoons, it would be interesting to set them the task of representing the averages mentioned in this article. Asking students to interpret the four decimal numbers is likely to lead to many surprises, particularly for students not yet totally comfortable with decimal representations.

This is, of course, a good example of where the average (for press photographers and ladders) cannot represent one of the data points used to create it. Students might like to speculate why the article represents press photographers and ladders to one decimal place but not the spectators.

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