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  • Whenever I see a coin in the street, be it on the pavement or in the gutter, I am unable to resist picking it up. In one year, I can average between three and five pounds. The frequency is really random, and does not seem to fit any of the distributions that I learnt doing my master’s in statistics. There're times when for three months I find not a single penny.
    This morning a very strange phenomenon occurred. I saw a gleaming five penny bit on the pavement when I went for my jogging. A couple of hundred metres away, there was another coin, this time, a ten penny piece. I could not believe my luck when a third coin winked at me a little distance away, a £2 coin.
    When I arrived home, I discovered that I had a hole in my pocket.
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