Another famous one is a man picks ups ringing pay phone, and it’s a lady trying to get hold of him but she dialled his payroll number by mistake. Then again, it can’t be that good an example of coincidence if David Spiegelhalter has 10 other examples of it happening! (see his website)
Luck = chance taken personally
We may underestimate the likelihood of chance meetings due to hidden networks
Do you sincerely believe in any conspiracy theories?
Note that once something has been proved, it’s not longer a conspiracy theory. As Mick Herron says, “It’s not a theory once it’s proved. After that, it’s just a conspiracy” (Slow Horses, p.147)
“Instead of following an open, clearly understandable line of behaviour, cunning is calculating how other people will react to certain forms of behaviour which are hiding the end game”… “this ability to assess things rapidly and then to act in a way that is not immediately readable/ understandable by the people around us in order to get an advantage that some people will doubtless feel is an unfair advantage” (Tim Parkes, translator of Machiavelli who, incidentally, was always truthful towards his wife)
Tell that story, the time you did the wrong thing because you were scared. (link)
When were you at your happiest?
Tell me about the time you met the right person at the wrong time. (It doesn’t need to be romantic).
Do you have a favourite joke?
Imagine your funeral, and your family and friends have had a few drinks and are thinking of you. They want to make an idiosyncratic gesture to your memory. What would they do? What should they do?