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10:02am on Monday, 15th May, 2006:

Time and Travel


When I fill up the car with petrol, I usually zero the trip meter so I know how far I've gone since the last refill (and therefore how far I can go until the next one, as my wife starts panicking if there's less than three quarters of a tank left).

I was coming back from the shop this Saturday and I glanced at the trip meter: it read 111.1 miles (it goes down to tenths of miles). I then glanced at the clock: it read 11:11am. Spooky, eh? What are the chances of that happening?

Actually, they're not all that bad. Even with a random distribution of numbers, there's a 1 in 10,000 chance that the digits on the trip meter will match those on the clock, but the fact that the trip meter generally runs between 000.0 and about 320.0 and the clock runs between 01:00 and 12:59 means the chance of intersection is much higher. So, no higher powers trying to tell me warn me of impending horror, then.

I was telling my wife this story today as I drove her to work. The car clock read 7:07am. I looked at the trip meter and it was 114.3 or something, but the main odometer was 70770.

You've got to laugh, haven't you?

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