a coin toss (and counting)

So apparently flipping a coin isn’t as “random” as we thought it was. Or so it might seem. This old NPR story talks about how flipping a coin the same way every time leads to the same result. But wouldn’t that make sense if you’re using the same coin that it would do the same thing each time? I randomness, as the story says, comes in the “human element,” and still isn’t perfectly 50/50 when you flip it and catch it in your hand. I guess this would be a good example of theoretical versus statistical probability, eh?

Also, I wanted to share this wonderful site I found yesterday via The 9 I sometimes watch on Yahoo!  Believe it or not, this guy is counting to One Million (that’s 1,000,000 if you need the visual).  He’s thus far been counting for 25 days and has reached 300,000 last night before turning in.  You can donate money to Push America, an organization that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities.  Check this guy out — what a feat!

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