# Law of Averages

FMF
Science 22 Apr '13 03:42
1. FMF
Main Poster
22 Apr '13 03:42
Why does inserting a USB plug into an unsighted USB socket defy the law of averages? The first attempt to put the USB plug in is almost always thwarted by the end being the wrong way up.
2. 22 Apr '13 05:04
Originally posted by FMF
Why does inserting a USB plug into an unsighted USB socket defy the law of averages? The first attempt to put the USB plug in is almost always thwarted by the end being the wrong way up.
Its a psychological effect whereby you remember your failures better than your successes.
Hint: most sockets have the 'thick side' down, so if you can't see the socket but can see the 'stick' or cable, then you can increase your chances. If its the back of a computer then the 'thick side' is usually to the left (when looking from the back).
3. Soothfast
0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
22 Apr '13 07:18
Originally posted by FMF
Why does inserting a USB plug into an unsighted USB socket defy the law of averages? The first attempt to put the USB plug in is almost always thwarted by the end being the wrong way up.
Yeah. Gets on my tits, it does.
4. Kepler
Demon Duck
22 Apr '13 07:56
Originally posted by FMF
Why does inserting a USB plug into an unsighted USB socket defy the law of averages? The first attempt to put the USB plug in is almost always thwarted by the end being the wrong way up.
The same reason toast usually falls butter side down.
5. 22 Apr '13 09:08
Originally posted by FMF
Why does inserting a USB plug into an unsighted USB socket defy the law of averages? The first attempt to put the USB plug in is almost always thwarted by the end being the wrong way up.
and why do people only stand on up turned plugs, you never stand on the plastic back!!!
6. Grampy Bobby
22 Apr '13 09:28
"Children smile on the average 400 times/day; Adults: 15 times/day. Ever wonder why? (Quote from unkown source)" [flickr.com]
7. wolfgang59
invigorated
22 Apr '13 10:10
Originally posted by FMF
Why does inserting a USB plug into an unsighted USB socket defy the law of averages? The first attempt to put the USB plug in is almost always thwarted by the end being the wrong way up.
Just before insertion reverse.
Same phenomena as looking in the last
place first when you have lost your keys.
8. wolfgang59
invigorated
22 Apr '13 10:13
Originally posted by Kepler
The same reason toast usually falls butter side down.
ðŸ˜€
9. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
22 Apr '13 11:00
Originally posted by Kepler
The same reason toast usually falls butter side down.
The USB plug is heavier on one side?
10. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
22 Apr '13 11:01
Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
"Children smile on the average 400 times/day; Adults: 15 times/day. Ever wonder why? (Quote from unkown source)" [flickr.com]
Adults KNOW why things are going to shyte.....
11. Kepler
Demon Duck
22 Apr '13 12:03
Originally posted by sonhouse
The USB plug is heavier on one side?
No no, Murphy's Law. If it can go wrong it will. I prefer the quantum version myself, if it can go wrong it probably already has.
12. RJHinds
The Near Genius
22 Apr '13 15:27
Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
"Children smile on the average 400 times/day; Adults: 15 times/day. Ever wonder why? (Quote from unkown source)" [flickr.com]
No.
13. Soothfast
0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
22 Apr '13 19:53
Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
"Children smile on the average 400 times/day; Adults: 15 times/day. Ever wonder why?
Because adults have children, that's why.
14. coquette