Category Archives: Probability

Straight vs. Full House

On another fine evening, there was a heated discussion at the Royal Flush Card Club as to how many occurrences of Full House and Straight would occur in the course of 30 throws of five poker dice. Bing Jones III … Continue reading

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The Same Sun Sign

“Jack, I’ll be taking a course in Astrology soon,” said Jill. “That’s nice,” said Jack, “How many people will be on the course?” “Twenty-five or so, I was told,” said Jill. “How many people do you think will be Geminis, … Continue reading

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The Deck Split

At the Royal Flush card club one evening, there was a lively discussion among its members about splitting a deck of cards into two equal piles after a thorough shuffle, in which, respectively, there would be exactly ten red cards … Continue reading

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The Winning Seats

The McDuffy Travel Agency was offering special prizes for vacationers to improve its turnover. The advertising stated that the prizes would be determined on the airport bus. One day there were fifteen vacationers going to the Caribbean island of Buena … Continue reading

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The Broken Glasses

At Danny’s Beach Bar run by Danny McDoogle at a popular Andalusian beach, there were five waiters who would take turns washing glasses used by customers. One day there were five broken glasses, four of them caused by one of … Continue reading

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The Twin Birth Rate

“Did you know that seven pairs of twins are born on average at each of the hospitals in Brownville?” said security guard Barney Coxworth to Hank Burnside, the janitor of the Belleview Hospital. “Naw, had no idea, Barney. Why is … Continue reading

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The Dance Academy

Jean-Pierre was walking down the Rue de la Bonne Chance in Paris one early spring evening when through a large display window he saw many couples dancing in what appeared to be a softly lit dance academy, and noticed the … Continue reading

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The Christmas Gifts

Fred and Mary were trying to work out how to give five gifts to their three boys for Christmas. The kids, Henry, Mark and Joe, had told them they wanted to receive gifts more or less at random this year … Continue reading

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The Die Game

Jerry and Slick were sitting at a bar drinking beer and watching a championship football game being televised on the huge wall screen, a bowl of peanuts close at hand. “Hey Jerry, want to play a game?” said Slick, taking … Continue reading

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The Speedy Pigeon

“Hurry, hurry, try your luck, folks. Get lucky and win a thousand dollars with one shot,” shouted the hawker at full lung power to announce the new game stand at the Jolly Woods Amusement Park. People flocked to the stand … Continue reading

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