Remo Williams: What does it mean?
October 31, 2005 8:09 PM Subscribe
A few years ago I got a yen to rent "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins". It was the middle of the day and the middle of the week, and the Blockbuster was empty. I was at the cash paying for the movie when someone else walked in and asked the cashier: "Do you guys have Remo Williams?" What are the chances of such a coincidence happening?
posted by notcostello to Religion & Philosophy (37 answers total)
How many times a week is Remo Williams rented in a week in Quebec (8 million people)? In the Montreal Metropolitan area (2-3 million)? In a predominantly French area (about 28,000 English speaking anywhere near the store in particlular).
Now, take it down to a particular store where two people, within a few minutes of each other, take action to rent a minor cult classic. And this is not a case of someone looking for anything that might catch their fancy. At the exact moment I was renting a movie I specifically wanted to rent, someone else came in and expressly asked for the same movie not a second after I left the store, or before I got to the cash, but within the 2-3 minute window where I would be aware of the question.
What are the chances of this happening?
Or is it more than coincidence?
Is there any meaning (no matter how ridiculous the question might sound) to the event?
Or was it just an event of no meaning but a hugely improbable coincidence?