Wait a minute. Are statistics and surrealism separated at birth? Is there a golden thread that inherently threatens to join the two if we're willing to accept it?
Surrealism is not surreal. Or rather, it is surreal but no more surreal than statistics. As both deal with symbols, representations of the world around us, or the world inside us. or the world that is us. We seek to understand. We symbolise. We paint pictures with the symbols, and the pictures turn out to be stuck on a canvas, or stuck on a spreadsheet. We form the links between the symbols and we call those links "SENSE". Or "NONSENSE", depending on whether we're looking in the right direction or not.
Is that it? Sense is just the direction in which you're looking?
And what of the surreality of statistics?
1 + 1 = 2. How perverse.