A friend of mine recently wrote me an email including the sentence:
"Texas tacos are better than cali’s without a doubt"
(Take note of the capitalization of Texas and subsequent non-capitalization of Cali typical of the geographic-inferiority-complex-afflicted Texan).
Like all other Californians, I’m a pretty laid back kind of guy — but this sort of blatant libel against the great state I call home (and the great tacos contained within) simply will not stand. So I present to you a simple, objective, mathematical analysis of the plausibility of the above statement:
|2008 population of the state of California||36,756,666|
|2008 population of the state of Texas||24,236,974|
|2006 % of California’s & Texas’ population of Mexican descent||25%|
|Total legal Mexicans in California||36,756,666 * 0.25 = 9,189,167|
|Total legal Mexicans in Texas||24,236,974 * 0.25 = 6,059,244|
|Estimated illegal immigrant population of California (2006)||2,830,000|
|Estimated illegal immigrant population of Texas (2006)||1,640,000|
|Estimated % of illegal immigrants (in all states) from Mexico (2006)||57%|
|Total illegal Mexicans in California||2,830,000 * 0.57 = 1,613,100|
|Total illegal Mexicans in Texas||1,640,000 * 0.57 = 934,800|
|Total Mexicans in California||9,189,167 + 1,613,100 = 10,802,267|
|Total Mexicans in Texas||6,059,244 + 934,800 = 6,994,044|
|Total Mexicans in California and Texas||10,802,267 + 6,994,044 = 17,796,311|
|Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in California||10,802,267 /
17,796,311 * 100 = 60.7%
|Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in Texas||6,994,044 /
17,796,311 * 100 = 39.3%
|Delta in percentage of total Mexicans living in California versus percentage of total Mexicans living in
|60.7% – 39.3% = 21.4%|
The fact is: California has a 21.4% chance of having better tacos than Texas by virtue of a 21.4% greater population of people who make tacos.
In every day terms, that means that for every 5 tacos you eat in California that are fantastic, slightly less than 4 would have been fantastic were you in Texas. As someone who eats 3-6 tacos per day on average I can safely say that the above constitutes mathematical proof that California is, in fact, the best place in the world.