Twice on planes

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was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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This coincidence occurred in the early 1970s. Following a business visit to Denmark I boarded a British European Airways Trident at Copenhagen Airport. The older Tridents had two rows of seats facing each other halfway down the cabin. As I was about sit on one of them I realised that sitting opposite me was my sailing friend Bill. After several G & Ts we were met at Heathrow by our wives Susan and Jenny who had once been my girlfriend. Six months later I was on a business trip to Australia. I boarded a flight from Perth to Adelaide and as I sat down I saw someone who looked like Bill sitting in a first class seat at the front of the airplane. As soon as the seat belt sign was off I walked forward and to my amazement it was Bobby with Jenny sitting next to him. Later we stayed in the same hotel in Adelaide.
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Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:26:16 +0000Coincidence ID:3683