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A Simple Pack Of Cards

Posted by Slophole , 27 July 2013 · 1,336 views

I knew this before, but Stephen fry said it best.


"Take a deck of cards and shuffle it.

That pack of cards, believe it or not, has never before, in the history of our planet, been in that order.

How?

It's a simple mathematical fact.  The order of cards is a gigantic number... It's a number that is known by mathematicians as "shriek;"  you write it as "52!," which is 52 times 51, times 50, times 49, times 48 etc.  These are all the possibilities in which a pack of cards can be, and the number is big 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,227,824,000,000,000,000 to be exact.

That number is so big that, were you to imagine that every star in our galaxy had a trillion plantes, each with a trillion people living on them... And eacfh of these people had a trillion packs of cards, and somehow they managed to shuffle them all in a thousand times a second, and they'd been doing that since the Big Bang... They would only just now be starting to repeat shuffles. So, I can say, wiht all the mathematical certainty that is possible, that this pack of cards has never been in this order before.

It's an absolute world first."





wait shuffle what?

PersianSkillzz
Aug 12 2013 7:45 PM
0_0 MIND BLOWN!

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