Here in Laguna Beach (land of Lagunatics) I know this person (no names) who claims to have psychic abilities. I mean, that is her day-job. And I keep hearing from people how "good" she is.
So whenever I run into her, I always ask, "What number am I thinking of?" At first, I did this in jest .. you know: tongue-in-cheek, playfully, to make conversation .. cuz I don't really believe in that hocus-pocus stuff. (I've *never* been to a psychic, not even for fun.) But the last *four* times I've run into her, SHE GUESSED MY NUMBER.
I mean, I didn't tell the number to anyone else. I only made it up seconds before asking her. The first time, I thought to myself, "Lucky guess." The next time I ran into her (week later), I thought, "*Real* lucky." The third time she guessed correctly, I thought, "That's a good trick."
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I mean, I took Statistics in college (got an 'A' too), so I know what the odds of that occurring are. But when she guessed correctly the *fourth* time (IN A ROW, all on different days, over the course of a month), well, now she had my attention.
I forget the exact order I chose them, but I recall my numbers were: 2, 4, 6, & 7. When I expressed how impressed I was, she brushed it off like it was nothing and said, "That's ESP. I'm not really that good at ESP." She's very nice, too. Level headed. Not a weirdo at all.
I thought of this cuz yesterday I ran into someone else who was told by this same person that such-n-such "would happen in April". At the time (year ago), it sounded preposterous, but it happened just like she said, and just *when* she said it would, too.
Stuff like this makes me think. I mean, I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see her guessing my numbers for myself. My background is in math, science, physics. I can handle stuff like calculus & nuclear physics. No problem. But I'm not sure how to classify this other data.
Hey, maybe she just got lucky .. 4 times in a row .. on 4 different days. That's what I'd *like* to believe. It would make things easier. But the odds are against it .. *way* against it.
I calculate: 4-in-10,000, (add the numerators & multiply the denominators) .. or 1-in-2,500, if we use single-digit numbers: 0 thru 9, altho I never specified single-digit numbers when I asked her.
I don't ask her any more what number I'm thinking of. I heard she charges 125 bucks for a "reading". I wonder what it would cost for a weekend in Vegas. =)
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