A likely story

In my morning English class I was teaching the correct use of the adjective likely. It had been raining on and off for a few weeks  but had not rained so far that day, so I decided to use that situation to elicit an example. “For example,” I said, “it isn’t raining now, but I think there’s a high probability of rain later today. How could I say that using the word likely?” One of my students said, “It is likely to rain later today” — and then immediately, I mean literally less than one second after that sentence was out of her mouth, it suddenly started pouring down rain, making a terrific noise.

“Now you’ve done it!” said one of the other students (in Chinese). “Why’d you have to choose that example?” Everyone laughed.

“Don’t worry,” I said, going along with the joke. “Everyone repeat after me: The rain is likely to stop in a few seconds.” They did so, and sure enough, about 20 seconds later the rain stopped completely and the sun came out.

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I know these are not particularly impressive coincidences — I was, after all, predicting events which were likely — but still, the timing seemed uncanny.

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One response to “A likely story

  1. chrstphre campbell

    On the radio program; coast to coast– formerly, the art bell show, they would occasionally have a call out for everyone in the listening audience to ‘pray’ or somehow otherwise focus their consciousness to achieve something. Then after a time, they quit doing this, and the explanation was that it was too successful, and they were concerned with the peripheral effects that these experiments were causing … ? ( ? )

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