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My brother is the statistics major, not me

Don't you hate it when you develop a bad habit that makes no sense whatsoever? I have recently begun to purchase several specially-marked Pepsi products--1 in 3 bottles has a code for a free iTunes song. The only problem is that the Pepsi Corporation is (with all due respect) full of crap with those odds: I'm 1 for 5 right now. I don't even really want the pop, and it costs me more to buy it for the opportunity to win an iTunes song than if I just went to the iTunes store. Tricksy pop salesmen.

This, though, in itself would not be so bad. What was really bad this morning was hearing one of my fellow pages tell me, "I won two in a row, but I threw them away. I don't use iTunes." No wonder my odds are skewed!

I can be so foolish with my money.

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Jacob, if it makes you feel any better (which it probably doesn't) your odds don't improve with an increasing number of failures. In other words, even if you lose five times in a row, you still have only 33% of getting a winning one the next time.

This fact probably should discourage me from continuing to chase the dream of free music from Pepsi as well, but for some reason it doesn't. I can't wait till this afternoon when I can have another 1 in 3 chance of getting a "free" song.

P.S. If it makes you feel any better (and it probably doesn't) my associate employee contemporaries collect the caps and give them to me, rather than throwing them away.

Yeah, that doesn't make me feel much better at all. In fact, it sort of makes me feel dismayed enough to try my chances again. Must...resist...temptation...

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