Friday, January 20, 2006

How? Why? Wait, How?

Is it even statistically possible that two miners are trapped in another West Virginia coal mine? Seriously, someone crunch the numbers for me. This seems like it would be impossible to occur twice in a month.

10 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Momentary Academic said...

Improbable, yes. Impossible, no. Nothing more should go wrong with a coal mine for a very, very, very long time.

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Well. It's not exactly like when Garp bought the house hit by the airplane because it was predisastered.

Huh? I mean, I don't think coal miners in WV breathed a sigh of relief after the first time thinking, "we're statistically safer now." It's dangerous work. I don't think getting stuck is all that random.

What's more curious, to me, is that we can go and detect water on Mars but we still have to rely on black goo from the ground (in one form or another) to run our entire society.

(I'm really not as much of an asshole in person as I sound online.) Anyway......

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Russell Kahn said...

You people need a class in statistics, I think.

I once bet a roommate that if I flipped a coin 4 times and it landed heads (or tails) each time, that the odds were still 50/50 that there would be another heads. The idiot even gave me 4-to-1 odds. I won.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I didn't mean it was impossible, but when was the last time we had a trapped miners story before Sago? It happens every so often, but two W. Virginia coal mines have tragic accidents within a few weeks? That's craisins.

Nice Garp reference, Gypsy...one of my all-time favorites.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Are the miners the coin? Or is the mine the coin? Or is getting stuck heads and not getting stuck tails? I'm confused.

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger ethan said...

russell you must love the people who won't bet on a number in roulette because it came up 3 times in the last 4 spins.

 
At 3:02 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

maybe the ellen jamesians could all give themselves carbon monoxide poisoning in protest of mine accidents. wait, that doesn't make any sense...
anyway, where's pat robertson to tell west virginians that they're being punished for being republican? (yes, i made a sweeping generalization of west virginians)

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

Ethan said...
russell you must love the people who won't bet on a number in roulette because it came up 3 times in the last 4 spins.


Won over 7k on a roulette table doing exactly that, strange thing was I didn't do it on purpose. When you win they top the chips with a marker so they know who to pay and I forgot to take my chips back after they removed the marker. Hit 3 times in a row. Glorious red 32.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger ahren said...

thank you mr. miner

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Gypsy Rose said...

Yeah, but what are the odds of getting them all to agree to that Hoobs?

Evidently it's 50/50 no matter what variables we are talking about.

 

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