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Clothing [Aug. 30th, 2007|12:28 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I've been paying closer attention to the ratio between the sizes of the women's to the men's section in clothing stores. I'd assumed it'd be 2:1 or thereabouts, but more often than not it's 4:1 or 5:1. Jeez. Think about all the naked people in Africa, ladies! (Although, this being America, most of that is XXXXL lingerie, so if you leave the fatties out the ratio might be slightly less skewed.)

As for me, I'm happy to wash my jeans once a month and retire my khakis when the buttons fall out. I do own way more socks than the average person, though. Makes me kinda like Dumbledore, I'd like to think. I'm way too lazy to pick out a matching pair of socks in the morning. Now, if I were a lazy genius like Einstein, I wouldn't give a rat's ass, and go sockless my whole adult life. Being a lazy schmuck, however, my solution is to put all my socks in a giant laundry bag (by now I probably have around 50 pairs.) Each morning I pull out about a dozen socks randomly. Because of the birthday paradox*, there's usually at least one matching pair, and I put the rest back into the pile.

Once in a while I give the bag a thorough shuffle to appease the gods of randomness.

*Next time someone asks you why we need to teach our kids math, you can come right back by pointing out how it helps you dress better.
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From: kupamanduka
2007-09-01 04:32 pm (UTC)
Good point - for socks on a "macroscopic scale" probability, classical mechanics etc. would work. For me socks I take out have always followed the Hund's rule.
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