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The other day at work I had a bizarre experience. Our library barcodes contain 14 digits, the last two of which can be anything from 00 to 99, I was checking the last two digits for accuracy while processing some items when I encountered the following sequence:
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX22
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX22
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX52
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX52
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX42
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX42

At this point I thought, "Huh. That's weird!" Then (completely randomly!) grabbed two more items, and got:
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX70
  • XXXXXXXXXXXX70

I wouldn't even know where to begin calculating the odds of handling eight items and coming up with matching two-digit pairs four times in a row, but it seems pretty far out there.

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