As I have an interested in (some might call it an obsession with) air crash investigations, I was very pleased to see that the always entertaining Sayed Kashua had dedicated his latest column in Haaretz to flying. I was especially enthused by the following postulation:
It’s a statistical fact that the odds of a plane crash increase in direct proportion to the number of the people who applaud upon a plane’s landing.
Now, you might think that this is weird superstition or pure nonsense. Not so. Kashua points out that the habit of clapping when landing is especially widespread in third world countries, and so are incidents of planes crashing and burning. In other words we’re talking about a statistical rather than causal connection.
Nonetheless, it is a connection worthy to be enshrined in a law — Kashua’s Law.
Kashua’s whole column can be enjoyed here.
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