Monday, March 01, 2004

Also, happy birthday to Leo from yesterday. Leo is now 8, having been born on February 29, 1974. I also have a cousin Geoffrey, who I think was born February 29 1970. The sunday paper said that 300 people in Australia share a birthday on February 29. That cannot possibly be correct. Think about this statistically - There are 365 days in a year and 366 in a leap year. That means that over a period of four years, there are 1461 days - your chance of being born on the 29th of February is 1 in 1461. Now, there are a little over 20,000,000 people in Australia. If we divide them up evenly, that would mean that the number of people born 29th February is 20,000,000 x 1/1461, which is 13,689. Someone please correct my reasoning if it is faulty, but there HAS to be more than 300 people with that birthday.

This leads me to question where in hell the so-called 'journalists' at the sunday paper get their facts. They clearly plucked this figure out of the air - what other shit are they just making up and hoping no one will notice? Granted, the sunday paper is not taken as gospel truth, but it should at least not be a complete fabrication. Why not just call it the Sunday Fairy-Tale? Don't they have any better sources than what-some-guy-said-down-the-pub or my-vague-recollection-of-a-book-I-browsed-ten-years-ago?


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