Age before beauty
I went out tonight with a bunch of colleagues and ex-colleagues. Five people in total, myself included.
The five of us sat around a square table, and for one reason or another, we soon established that we were sat in age order, clockwise. The second oldest person (me) was sat to the left of the oldest, the next youngest was sat to his left, the next youngest to his left and the youngest to his left, and indeed to the right of the oldest person.
I jokingly asked what the chances were of that happening before calculating the odds of us sitting in age order, either clockwise or anticlockwise, as one in twelve, or 8.333%.
A lot of frustrating discussion ensued, during which I tried to convince my company of the veracity of my claim.
I’ve since sent them an email complete with the full set of 120 possible seating combinations, the ten age-ordered combinatons highligted.
I think I’m owed either an apology or the £10 offered by way of a bet. Or maybe both.