Karen (aswanargent) wrote,

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Okay, people, this is very strange. "Coincidence" doesn't do it justice.

Yesterday at noon I was reading a post by foudebassan. Subject: French poetry, and specifically a poem by 15th century poet François Villon called "Ballade des Dames du temps jadis". The last line in each stanza of the poem is: "Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?".

Fast forward six hours to find me on the commuter bus going home from work. I'm reading a book of short stories by American author Ann Beattie, and I turned to one called "Apology for a Journey Not Taken: How to Write a Story". On the second page of the story, I saw: "OU SONT LES NEIGES D'ANTAN?"

If anyone out there has a statistical bent, I'd love to know the probability of something like this happening. I'd also like to know if you think I should buy a lottery ticket today....
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