How to Talk to Someone Who's Lucky

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August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWeezy

Love the "probability taken personally" quote, but as Penn is quick to point out, it's not his. He was quoting Chip Denman (manager of the Statistics Laboratory at the University of Maryland)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_Radio#Personal_Penn_references

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Roub

LMAO @ panel 3.....

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYohance

Mom had taste - if only!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeff

Dude, how do you keep your job? Is your boss just so incompetent that he can't properly utilize the internet?

Anyways, funny as always.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

Very well done. That final panel's analogy is among the best descriptions I've ever read.

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Warren

@Tabitha Scott and Mullet Boss are actually the same person, like in Fight Club.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

"If being lucky doesn't make them feel lucky...." Very nice.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Phillips

I intend to use the analogy in panel four as soon as circumstances permit.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

Panel 4 has so many uses...

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

@Tabitha: He's lucky his boss knows he's joking. :)

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHonest Joe

"I don't see your point."

"Which is, in fact, my point."

Classic. I love it!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhergieburbur

If Ayn Rand were alive today, she would write a thousand page novel with Mullet Boss as the hero, and Scott as the villain.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraynonymous

@ Weezy - LMFAO

Scott - Excellent as always. I would steal your mustache analogy but my father in law has a mustache.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

A second person noting that this is, in fact, Chip Denman's quote and not Penn's - I've spoken to Chip about this more than once and he is getting a little tired of it. The problem is that Chip's not well-known (even though his is the official statistician for the JREF) and Penn's super-well-known, so Penn always gets the credit.

But you, Scott, you have the power to fix this in at least one place...

Note from Scott: Done!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoltan

@Tabitha, Scott doesn't have an actual boss like this (anymore). My impression is that he works for a place that is highly protective of it's image so he really can't allude to his workplace.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Heh, run into a "Horatio Alger" with a trust fund?

Love the last panel.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Excellent! Every panel is a winner!!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Born on third base and acts like he's hit a triple!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Wow! One of the most clever yet! You just keep getting better Scott.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdoodaddy

this is actually my favourite BI so far. don't normally comment, but this is just sublime.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlin

Belongs in the pantheon of BI...and that's a very rarified atmosphere indeed.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreymase

Right up there with "Born on third, thinks he hit a triple."

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

All that money and all that hair, and look what he does with it.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Panel 4 was perfect

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

tell me about luck = probabilities. A few years ago I had a freak accident where I fell 4 feet & fractured my pelvis. What happened only happens to a couple of hundred people a year in the US. Last week I had a tumor removed from my throat and will receive radiation. Less than 40, 000 people get this kind of thing a year & of those only about 5,000 are, like me, non-smokers. You tell me what the probabilities are, that math is beyond me. Add being born with a spina bifida, only one kidney and cataracts and I am now a firm believer in luck because I have plenty of it - In hebrew the term is "schlimazel"

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSillyus

Nice Punchline, love it.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiron

It's already been said, but it bears repeating... that fourth panel is a classic.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Scott Meyer wrote "Luck is probability taken personally", while referencing a quote Penn Jillette said while quoting Chip Denman....which was later discussed in a comment.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteryd39

I had to check the archives to re-read this strip after buying Scott's latest book "Dignified Hedonism." The commentary from Scot at the bottom of the page cuts off the "*" explanation, and I had to come and see what it said. Now that I know, I must admit it is was kinda anticlimactic. Don't really know what I was expecting. Sigh.

October 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

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