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Benford’s Law tells us that

“in listings, tables of statistics, etc., the digit 1 tends to occur with probability of roughly 30%, much greater than the expected 11.1% (i.e., one digit out of 9)”.

This can be useful in detecting whether a dataset has been tampered with. Kottke applies this to tampering with blog timestamps.