Posts Tagged 'telephone lines'

Why the Other Line Will Probably Move Faster

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

Do you often feel like you’re stuck in the slowest cashier line when waiting to buy or return gifts this time of year? Well, you probably are. Why? Knowing how to combine the history of telephones with a little math gives you the answer, but may not make the waiting any easier.

Here’s a terrific explanation from Prof. Bill Hammack, also known as  “Engineer Guy.”

So the next time you’re stuck in a long line, just think about Poisson Distributions and try to remain calm.


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