I'm completely baffled by the gyrations in the count of Norwegian casualties from the tsunami disaster. Regular readers will recall that I estimated the total number of missing Norwegians could be upward of 1400; but boy, was I wrong. We're down to 77 missing people, after the Norwegian criminal police (Norway has - count 'em - one law enforcement agency, the Police) published the raw list of 200-something, after they had cleaned out something like 1200 from the original list.
It turns out people who were minding their own business at home in Norway were on the list, as well as people who were in places far away from both the Indian Ocean and Norway.
I thought it was a good idea to publish the list, and it turned out I was right - the number sank drastically as a result. So I can't, in fairness, complain that they shouldn't have published it when the list was a mess. And while I'm in my fairminded mood, I should also point out that Norwegian citizens are under no obligation to tell anyone where they're going from day to day.