Unsusual methodology

“You’ve got a tough job ahead of you,’’ the manager told the new employee in the research department. “Our president respected the guy you’re replacing and had great faith in his forecasting abilities.” “Was he a statistician?” the employee asked. ”In a way. He used to hang around the lunchroom and read coffee grounds.”
Thomsett, Michael C., The Little Black Book of Business Statistics (p. 140)