Aug 4th 2009 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
A flipped coin will land in the same position it started 51 percent of the time.
In a paper titled "Dynamical Bias in the Coin Toss," three Stanford professors argued that the flight of a coin flip is "determined by (its) initial condition."
Specifically, it is slightly more likely to end up heads if it starts heads and vice versa.
Using principles of physics and math the researchers were even able to build a coin-flipping machine that could produce heads every time; although when a human in a non-fixed environment does the tossing, it's a 51/49 split.
This could be the opening drawing straws needs to make its triumphant comeback.
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