- There is an inverse relationship between how carefully you stack the dishes inside the dishwasher and how tidy you keep it outside in your kitchen.
- In addition to funny-haha and funny-strange there is a third category of joke where the impetus for laughter is that the comedian has made some embarrassing fact that is privately true for all of us into common knowledge.
- It would be too much of an accident for 50-50 genetic mixing to be evolutionarily optimal. So to compensate we must have a programmed taste either for mates who are similar to us or who are different.
- It is well known that in a moderately sized group of total strangers the probability is about 50% that two of them will have the same birthday. But when that group happens to be at a restaurant the probability is virtually 1.

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May 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

David#2 is referred to as “funcomfortable.”

May 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

Frank#3: So, conditional on survival, your genes want you to mate with a similar partner; but the genes have to trade that off with the better chance of survival gained from mixing with a different mate. Some biologist must have modeled that already…?

May 18, 2011 at 5:38 am

RR#4. This is a well-known problem in Probability. The minimum number of people for probability to be >50% is 24 . Ask most people however and they will arrive at 183. (365/2)