Laws of Average (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.


An amusing post this week. Amusing for you, I hope, as you imagine all my pills rolling away all over the bloody place! This is one from the early days, bemoaning the fact that pills are made round and not cubic, so the bastard things used to roll away from me and into inaccessible places, such as down the side of a cushion!

This post was from 2017. All this time on, I don’t quite know what has changed, but it is just another one of those things which is not really an issue any more. I’m not sure that anything is materially different. Maybe my vision improved a bit so I’m less likely to place a pill somewhere it is likely to roll away? Maybe I’m a bit more mobile, so it is less of an issue if something *does* decide to roll away? Maybe my brain just got a bit better and realised that it is just not that big a deal any more? Take your pick.

Mister Bump

Imagine you toss a coin. How much of the time would you expect it to show heads? Tails? About 50:50, right? How many times would you expect the coin to land on its side? Almost never?

Now imagine the situation with pills. Actually, you pop them out of the packet and it is surprising how often they land on their side. Especially when they’re on a surface that isn’t flat. They then proceed to roll away, sometimes right under the cushion or even under the sofa. Great fun!

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Author: Mister Bump UK

Formerly Stroke Survivor UK. Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

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