Thursday, January 03, 2008

Natural Selection in War

This tasteless cartoon reminded me of a weird security glitch that could have effected the evolution of mankind.

In Vietnam a faulty random number generator meant that people born in certain months were more likely to get drafted



If you follow the logic of this article this could have resulted in a skewed evolutionary selection where people whose parents were romantic (feb 14th-> November) or Irish (March 17-> December) had less chance of getting killed.

So check your random number generators are accurate if you do not want a future infested with romantic Irish people.

1 comment:

Alan said...

This is incorrect. Obviously the silver tongued buggers have to reconcile their jamminess with the conservation laws somewhere, and the random number generator has the most degrees of freedom. It's the same as squeezed light.