August 25th, 2004


Олимпийские игры

At the Albertville winter Olympics, condom machines in the athletes’ village had to be refilled every two hours. And in Sydney the organisers’ original order of 70,000 condoms went so fast that they had to order 20,000 more. Even with the replenishment, the supply was exhausted three days before the end of the competition schedule. (For the record, athletes who were in Sydney report that the Cuban delegation was the first to use up its allocation.) Salt Lake City in 2002 went even bigger: 250,000 condoms were handed out, despite the objections of the city’s Mormon leadership.

"There’s a lot of sex going on. You get a lot of people who are in shape, and, you know, testosterone’s up and everybody’s attracted to everybody," says Breaux Greer, a shaggy-blond Californian who competed in the javelin at the Sydney Games.

"It’s not an orgy," says one alpine skiing champion, Carrie Sheinberg, "but it is socially vigorous."

Olympic village shenanigans aren’t limited to sex. Misbehaviour of almost every possible type is inspired by the confluence of great athletes, huge egos and almost limitless endurance, to say nothing of alcohol, which nearly all athletes say was prodigiously consumed after their events had ended. (Alcohol is officially frowned on in the village, but it is not hard to find it smuggled onto the premises.)

Ложная математика катастроф

Совершенно разумные выкладки у a_sokolov1960: Если принять, что в России в год в среднем разбивается один самолет, то вероятность катастрофы в данные три минуты - одна двухсотысячная. Вероятность для двух самолетов - квадрат, то есть 1/(200000*200000)=1/40000000000 - одна сорокамиллиардная. А вот когда они превращаются в доказательства, остается развести руками.

Предвижу, что когда будет подтверждена версия теракта (а что же это еще?), кто-нибудь заметит: "Значит верно было доказательство!" И опять ошибется.