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Cue the spooky music

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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foudebassan
Apr. 14th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
But perhaps it wasn't so much a coincidence as having your awareness raised to that peculiar phrase, so you noticed it more easily than you would otherwise have?
aswanargent
Apr. 19th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Well, perhaps, but I guarantee you that I'd never seen the line before reading it in your post. So having gone *mumbles something unintelligible* years without having ever run across it, I still say the planets had to be in some strange alignment to cause it to appear twice in a single day in two wildly different contexts.
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