So, walking to work this morning, I selected my “Keep It Down” playlist, and put it on shuffle, even though I sort of wanted to hear the first two songs most. (Background: it’s a mix of 42 laid-back songs and is delightful.)
The first song to come on was “Alive” by Edwin, which was the first song on the playlist!!!
What are the freaking chances of that?
(1 in 42)
Ok, not crazy/out-there, but still impressive.
The next song was “Angie” by the Rolling Stones. Which is the second song on my playlist.
Now, people who are good with stats (anyone remember the Destiny Dice?) would say that it’s STILL just 1 in 42, but the way I calculate it (hey, MIT, why don’t you return my calls?), to play those two songs in that order, the chances are 1 in 1764.
That’s pretty freaking awesome.
And then I thought, there’s a better chance that maybe I didn’t push “shuffle” after all (1 in 2) and perhaps my awe at life, the universe and everything is really because I’m not very bright and/or coordinated in the morning (1 in 2).
The next song came on, by Blue Rodeo.
Oh well, I thought. There goes the incredible what-are-the-odds moment, as the third song on my playlist is “Bad Timing” by Blue Rodeo (is anyone judging me yet?). Which means that there aren’t crazy-huge odds. There are only toe fingers.
But wait! It wasn’t “Bad Timing”! It was “Five Days in May”!
So, I stand by my 1 in 1764… which is a powerful square number, being 42 x 42… which makes me think there is some meaning to this life after all…