wander.

made luck


a septillion

 

yeah

it’s meaningless

 

our brains

don’t even attempt

to understand

a number

so big

 

so first

 

imagine

the number one

 

now imagine

twenty-four zeroes

streaming off

to its right

 

so many zeroes

on my check

it’s like oooooo…

#bigwilliestyle

#90skids

#olds

 

yeah

so septillion

 

the observable universe

is estimated to contain

just about a whole septillion

of stars

 

but even with this

cosmological connection

the number remains

meaningless

 

anyway

take that

incomprehensible integer

then multiply it by eighteen

 

and you’ve got the odds

that statistician

joan ginther

beat

 

and the reward

for this epic

odds-whoopin’

adds up to

over $20 million

in lottery winnings

 

so many zeroooooooes…

 

now

she could’ve

been just lucky

 

that random

senseless

arbitrary

thing

that

bestows itself

upon us

every once

in an unpredictable while

 

she could’ve…

 

but her status

as a statistician

has led some

to theorize

that she made her luck

 

and if luck is made

it isn’t really luck is it

 

so how did she do it

 

yeah

i wanted to know that too

 

which is why i read this

 

of course

 

i’m not going to use

what i learned from it

to buy millions of dollars

worth of lottery tickets

to attempt to recreate

her results

 

because

i may not be a statistician

but i am one-hundred percent positive

that there is a zero percent chance

of my results

being similar to

joan ginther’s

 

of course

 

though

the article

reminded me

that what often appears

to be luck

is more likely

the product of excellent design

 

and that pseudo-luck can be constructed

and that we don’t have to wait

for fortune

to turn

its wandering eyes

our way

 

instead of

hoping

for the chance

to thank our lucky stars

 

we can

align them

ourselves

 

all septillion of them


musings inspired by "Design a Lucky Life" via Design Luck

and by all of the luck floating around on this especially lucky day


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