2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301,559,999:1

You have to question the news sense of some editors as they focus on the economy, unemployment, strikes, instability in the Middle East and the US elections while relegating the really big story to the inside pages.

I’m speaking, of course, of an event that is so rare that the odds are said to be a thousand quadrillion to one and if you’d put a penny on it at the bookies, you could have bankrupted the planet.

Four friends playing whist in their village hall in Warwickshire found that each had been dealt a complete suit which apparently is the equivalent of finding a specific drop of water in the Pacific, although why you would want to do this isn’t clear.

Those are the precise odds above and you have to wonder how long that number would be for four complete sets, but dealt in precise ascending or descending order, or am I just being picky?

I loved the understatement from one the players, Alan Beasley, who said: ‘ It was one of those strange things that happen in life now and then.’

He then went on to say: ‘We’re all buying lottery tickets this week in case we’re on a lucky streak,’ which probably says a lot about our attitude to probabilities, that is somehow a personal trait, if only fleeting.

The odds of one of them picking the six jackpot numbers remain exactly the same and don’t change because of a freakish hand of playing cards. In fact, given a choice of the two, I think I know which one I’d choose.

But you never know. After all, the million to one shot happens nine times out of ten.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 25th November 2011

    How can we be sure they were telling the truth? They all look like shady characters to me. By the way, I just swam to Holland and back across the North Sea. It was one of those strange things that happen in life now and then.

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  • Roger Green 26th November 2011

    Or someone stacked the deck, or shuffled not at all.

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