Apart from Thames Water customer services, obviously.
In Real Life, I have probably only ever used the following maths:
Most, if not all of which was taught prior to age 11. So there we go. Secondary school maths completely irrelevant.
Anyway, because we lead exciting and glamorous lives, one of TheBloke (TM)'s and my favourite pastimes is to play simultaneous games of Freecell.
For those of you who don't know what Freecell is... well never mind. It's basically a kind of card game. A bit like Patience.
The version we use allows you to input a game number between 1 and 1,000,000. If we both enter the same number, we can effectively play against each other, and see who finishes first. Not that I am competitive.
If you don't enter a number, the computer will randomly generate a game for you.
Earlier this week, TheBloke (TM) shouted out the number of the game his computer had randomly generated for him, and I went to select my game... only to notice that my computer had by itself selected the exact same game!
Freaky. Time to play the lottery?
Anyway, maths bods - help me out. My failure to pay attention in class in maths means I can't quite work out the statistics. What are the chances of us getting the exact same game?
Is it one in a million (i.e. it's exactly as likely I will get - for example - game 2233 as it is that TheBloke (TM) does), or is it one in a million to the power of a million?
Either way, I think this all goes to prove that my life is empty. Send chocolate.