A Plumber's Confessions

The blog of Doug Lawty, Microsoft Services Infrastructure Consultant


Self-Defeating Prophecy

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I had Chinese food for lunch. This was my fortune:

You will receive an unexpected gift.

If I do indeed receive a gift, won't it now be expected?

  • You should finish every fortune you read with "on a toilet".

  • or, "in bed"

  • No. Because you will actually receive two gifts. The first one will seem to fulfill the fortune, so you won't be expecting the second one. Then all of a sudden, whamo, there it is all unexpected like.

    Of course, two parking tickets in the same day sort of sucks.

  • Maybe you'll get Schrödinger's Cat?