posted on Aug, 26 2008 @ 11:30 PM
Disclaimer: I have not read every post in this thread, so forgive me if this has been done.
Before everyone gets all bent out of shape about "impossible coincidences", why dont we calculate the exact odds (or a close estimation) of this
A standard U.S. passport is valid for 10 years.
Worst case senerio is that NEOs passport was issued in the year the move was produced: 1999 (unless they wanted to show his passport as expired, which
idont think they would have done).
This would make the maximum year for expiration 2009 (10 years).
This makes the odds of selecting September 11th, 2001 1/3650 Not the best odds in the word, but far from "staggering", and this is WORST case
Now, just for #s and giggles, lets assume that the producers didn't want neo's passport issue date to be the current year 1999. To make it seem more
"natural", they would make 1999 somewhere in the "middle" of its expiatory period, say 5 years in (5 years is just an arbitrary number to
represent "halfway"). This would make the issue date 1994, and the expiration date 2004.
Since the movie takes place in 1999, that gives 5 years of possible "expiration dates", cutting the odds of picking 9/11/01 down to 1/1825
1/1825 is not exactly poor odds. If the odds of hitting a jackpot were 1/1825 i'd be playing the lottery every day! Obviously the odds are the same
for any given date between 1999 and 2004, and 9/11/01 was the lucky winner.
if anyone sees a flaw in this logic, let me know. i didn't exactly spend a whole lot of time thinking about this before i wrote it