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Unlucky letters drawn in UK word-guessing game Countdown. Absolutely NSFW.

Unlucky letters drawn in UK word-guessing game Countdown. Absolutely NSFW.

I laughed. A lot.

BTW: I am not an idiot, You don`t even know me.

ZOMG.

I wonder if it is fake, though. It really does look like it.

a) almost a statistical impossibility

b) if the C word came out do you think they would giggle and carry one? it`s hughly offensive language and i bet you all the frakking money i have that they would have reset the letters

c) the image of Carol and the word itself has appeared in FHM and bizarre as `Doctored Email Photo`s`

d) anyone that thinks this is real must be insane, some of the letters actually MOVE after she`s put them in the board

e) seriously, anyone that thinks this is real is insane.

bring back the funny witty stuff IAB this poo is awful

It would be extremely hard and time consuming to edit it to say what it did. And for what? more internet kudos? To show your `buddies` on myspace or other crap like that how you are the uber editor and shoudl be bowed down to? I`d like to see you people shouting `OMG FAKEZ0rZZZZ!!!` actually try and edit it so it says something else. Good luck trying, I DOUBT you`ll be able to do it

Get a life.

Rant over

I don`t see what you see and I don`t think it is that easy to fake a clip by superimposing an "animation over another letter". It would have to be done frame by frame.

That is too funny..."

You are an idiot. The T was animated, and so she was giggling at some other word. Also as the clip starts you hear her say "v" when it is apparently an N. The T is not a T, it is an animation over another letter. And I expect the first three letters were just changed too. There was evidently a funny (but not offensive) four letter word made that she laughed at.

Still cannot understand how people think this is real

That is too funny...

Then for 9 letters, I believe the chance is:

1 / (21 ^ (9* 3/5)) * (5 ^ (9* 2/5))

= 1 in 4 and a half billion

Actually the probability is slightly less than that because the letters aren`t probably drawn with equal probability (for example, after a U a subsequent vowel is less likely to be a U). My guess is that the producers choose the letters.

This probability seems startling high, but consider that you would have been equally amused had it said s**tcakes or something. So actually, you`re more interested in the probability of `an amusing word` appearing rather than that particular one, since had another word come up you would be saying the same thing.

This is pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but the probability is going to be more likely be something like 1 in 1000, which is why you do occasionally get the amusing word on Countdo

the chance of a single word apearing (like c.u.n.t) is much much greater.

all the statistical calculations ricklionhart posted are wrong, though.

the math is correct, but the numbers are wrong. and so it the assumption that 1 vowel and 1 consonant has equal chance.

"lol how can it be 26 chance for any letter? the must pick between vowel or consonant. if they pick consonant there is 21 chance for any consonant, and 0 chance for any vowel. and if they choose vowel, then is zero chance of having any consonant. Next let`s see what are the chances they pick vowel... 50/50, maybe 75/25, perhaps 40/60? If it is 50/50..."

…and a heap of other crap.

i DID say "ignoring the vowel/consonant thing"… duh

and a 50/50 chance of a vowel?... double duh - there is a 5/26 chance of a vowel obviously! read things before you contradict them.

"Therefore the "average time" I quoted was the total time divided by 2, there is just as much chance of it coming out FIRST draw as last draw. The "average time" number of years is accurate, then."

***No, that`s wrong, too. Had you read Baalthazaq`s comment above yours, you would have seen the correct way to calculate something like that. It`s not the same as dividing by 2. To give you a simple example, if there is a 1 in 10 chance of rolling a 10 on a 10-sided die, you will have to roll the die more than 6 times, on average, before you roll a 10. If you roll the die 5 times, your chances of rolling a 10 will only be around 40% (1-[9/10]^5).***

People in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones. Your post has mistakes in it:

" odds of anyone on IAB ever reading the other comments before they post their own amazing revelation: A zillion kajillion to one."

***Ironically, you fall prey to the same shortcoming. See below.***

"The odds of any particular letter coming out in position 1 are 1:26 obviously. Likewise the same odds for the second letter and so on. The odds therefore of a particular sequence of 2 like "AB" being the first two are 1:676 (26x26). Each letter multiplies the odds of the sequence so far by 26 again. This ignores the vowel or consonant issue, of course. The odds of Cüñtfláps coming out is therefore 26^9. I assumed 10 draws a show having never seen the show, so divided by 10, then divided by 365 for the number of years. This is the total time to GUARANTEE it coming out once."

The clip is obviously fake, the audio varies as each new letter is drawn.

They also used to stop a round as soon as an obvious swearword was found.

Since someone above said they have 3 rounds per show, not the 10 I assumed (Gawd it must be a slow, boring show!), you can multiply my final figure by 3.3 to get the fact that, without shenannigans, you`d have to watch this show for 2,231,302,884 years to see this come up.

On another issue, according to a few different online anagram generators, the longest word you could make from these letters is 6 letters - CATSUP, FLATUS, FLAUNT, SCULPT and SULTAN.

Er, yes, only about 20 people have commented on it before your post... odds of anyone on IAB ever reading the other comments before they post their own amazing revelation: A zillion kajillion to one.

For those who can`t do simple maths: The odds of any particular letter coming out in position 1 are 1:26 obviously. Likewise the same odds for the second letter and so on. The odds therefore of a particular sequence of 2 like "AB" being the first two are 1:676 (26x26). Each letter multiplies the odds of the sequence so far by 26 again. This ignores the vowel or consonant issue, of course. The odds of Cüñtfláps coming out is therefore 26^9. I assumed 10 draws a show having never seen the show, so divided by 10, then divided by 365 for the number of years. This is the total time to GUARANTEE it coming out once. Therefore the "average time" I quoted was the total time divided by 2, since there is jus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izet8zN1vmE

Its old, but to great to pass up.

Random: it cannot be predicted, that is an average, not a true, defined time...

Anyway, the show`s quite old...

The words weren`t that naughty.... countdown is mainly watched by the elderly ... and college students.

Real Disgruntled Employee Odds: 512:1.

Real Coincidence Odds: ~35`000`000:1

Sure the odds of the letters coming out like that are low, however, the disgruntled employee theory:

Assuming a 50:50 chance of picking a vowel and a consonant each time, the odds of getting them in that exact order are:

512 to 1, on a single chance.

On the other hand the odds of the other are based on multiple chances. (The show was running for 20 years or so, and (I think) they do 3 words a show. (Plus two number games.... it`s been years since I`ve seen countdown).

The way to work that out is (Odds of it NOT happening each time)^(Number of times you try).

SHENANIGANS?!

1) co-host`s cute response to the word

2) priests

3) priest-joke + accent

Also, it made me not hate the C-word as much

[quote]On a bit later, AKappy wrote: ...assuming you did the math correctly- I`ll trust you[/quote]

He didn`t do the math correctly. For one thing, he didn`t take into account that consonants and vowels are selected separately. For another, according to Wikipedia, the frequency of the letters on this game show is proportional to their frequency in the English language.

They go through the letters before all the shows so make sure there is a very small possibility of rude words.

Therefore I will join in the call of shenanigans!!

But they didnt do a good job, because right when you start the video, in the very first second you hear her saying "V"

Still kind of funny, so I am bored has done its job well.

i wanna play next.

The odds of the letters coming out in ANY particular order is that much (assuming you did the math correctly- I`ll trust you). So, why not this order?

And the guy on the show is a retard! - only 4 letters?! - the word *FLAPS* is there - OBVIOUSLY!!! - which is 5...

6 letter words would have been SCULPT and CLASPT (an OLD archaic word for clasped)

ANYWAY, this worked out too perfectly to be random. Sure it`s possible, but the odds against it are....hell, I dunno. I call shenanigans. Shenanigans!!

The woman`s response is priceless. "Ooh la la!" :-D

- Unlucky letters drawn in UK word-guessing game Countdown. Absolutely NSFW.