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Is Flipping a Coin Really a 50-50 Proposition?
Don't bet on it. In 2004, three statisticians from Stanford and UC Santa Cruz set out to test the classic coin flip. Using a mechanical flipper to ensure identical tosses, they chucked thousands of coins into the air and landed on a surprising conclusion. For a hand-tossed coin, there's a slight bias toward the side it started on landing face up. While the bias only means the coin lands same-side-up 51 percent of the time, that's still a better bet than anything you'll find in a casino.
Dallas Cheerleader Looks To Reclaim Backflip World Record
It was just one year ago that Dallas cheerleader Miranda Ferguson claimed the Guinness World Record for the most backflips in a row. Ferguson, who is on the cheer squad for The Hockaday School in Dallas, backflipped 35 consecutive times — surpassing the previous record of 32 flips. At that time, she was a 16-year-old junior with her name in the record books for the first time. Now she’s set to try it again, as a 17-year-old senior, and she’s shooting for the new record of 36, which was set just a few months after her first feat.
Did you know that flip flops are a $20 billion dollars industry? I had no idea.