I was explaining the word "coincidence" to my students the other day when one of them gave me an unbelievable example. At the Beijing Olympics, China won 51 gold, 21 silver and 28 bronze medals. That's 51-21-28, or 512128. Earlier the same year, Wenchuan (S.W. China) experienced a huge earthquake killing 68,000 people. When exactly? 21st May at 1.28pm. That's 5/12, 1:28, or 512128. I was mightily impressed ...until, that is, I checked it online. The earthquake hit at 2:28pm. So China really needed an extra silver medal! Close, though!
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