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The normal distribution in statistics
Normal is the average of deviance.
—Rita Mae Brown[1]:115

Normal is what everyone else is and you are not. Normal is what you want to be and fail. Other times normal is what you don't want to be, here you also fail.

Since "normal" exists within certain ranges (usually one statistical standard deviation away), it would be highly abnormal for someone to be normal in more ways than a certain statistical percentage.

Is it normal to have hair on that part of your body? Is it normal to think these thoughts?

Confused about your identity and normality yet? Then this article can be considered to have done its job. You are probably more normal than you think, yet at the same time, more abnormal than you think.


Mathematically, you are quite normal if you live at right angles to everything.

See also[edit]


  1. Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown (1993) Bantam Books. ISBN 0553091999.