Online stories - Shaky Averages

AbdulWhen he’d first heard that the Sheikh wanted to know how many camels all the servants had sold, Abdul had nearly fainted. He knew all the other servants had sold more camels than him. But he was relieved and overjoyed when he heard that the Sheikh wanted to know what his average sales were because he knew that his average number of sales would sound quite impressive.

Abdul bowed humbly before his master and said, with his silver tongue at its most silvery, “Master, my mean average sales are nine camels,”

[He was telling the truth of course wasn’t he?
(8+10) ÷ 2 = 9 doesn’t it?]

Abdul was delighted to see his master look very pleased.

“That’s very impressive Abdul,” said the Sheikh.