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Just wondering

Why don't you see other people wearing the same clothes you've got more often ?

It's like the flip side of the shared birthday phenomenon, where it takes a surprisingly low number of people (around 30 I think) to make it almost certain that at least two of the them will have the same birthday.


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Dec. 16th, 2002 07:38 am (UTC)
Because I am a rare and special flower, unique as a snowflake.
Dec. 16th, 2002 07:57 am (UTC)
Because most of the clothes that I got aren't bought in the stores where everybody else is buying their stuff? And if I buy it in one of those stores, I wear those clothes for several years and not just till the next fashion trend starts. I recently saw a girl with the same pair of pants, so sometimes it happens. Ooh, and a girl with very similar shoes, but hers were like seven years older, or looked like it.
(no subject) - all_askew - Dec. 16th, 2002 08:46 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 16th, 2002 09:01 am (UTC)
Thank the Oracle
Here's a good exposition of the solution of the "same birthday" problem.

I guess I notice what other people wear, but some articles of clothing (like Levi's jeans) that are so ubiquitous that they don't count. It's also harder to be more unique with things like jackets. But still, given the number of people you see every workday (especially if you walk to work or take public transportation), you'd think that the sheer number of people would swamp out all the possibilities of clothes that are out there. And nearly all my clothes are from the usual suspects: Gap, Eddie Bauer, Structure/Express, and so on.

There was a guy who I worked with at Lotus who did have the same shirt as me, but I wonder if we ever wore them on the same day !
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