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Correlation and Causation: Divorce and Margarine Consumption

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What conclusion(s) can one draw from the following graph:

Vigen, Tyler. "15 Insane Things That Correlate With Each Other." Spurious Correlations. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2015.

A

The more Margarine people consume, the more people seek divorce in Maine.

B

As more people get divorced in Maine, they decide to adopt a healthier lifestyle and reduce their Margarine consumption.

C

As a result of a recent reduction in divorce rates, residents in Maine have begun celebrating their successful marriages by eating foods with real butter, instead of Margarine.

D

All of the above

E

Although there is a perceived correlation between divorce rate in Maine and Margarine consumption, this correlation does not prove that there is causation.