Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Unintended Consequences

I've always been interested in numeric coincidences and "fun facts." For example, when I was 27, I calculated when I would turn 10000 days old. When I figured out the date, I realized that it would be my dad's 50th birthday. Another time, I found that an acquaintance and I shared a birthday, so I was able to surprise him with best birthday wishes without him knowing how I'd found out.

About a year ago, I wrote a little program that displays the number of days until my predicted worst case for retiring, which will be the first of the month after I turn 65. I meant it to be inspirational, but it's actually quite depressing. I decided to add something humorous to cheer me up.

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