[meteorite-list] The Odds Of Life On Mars
From: Sterling K. Webb <kelly_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:32:46 2004
A prominent British bookie, er, I mean, betting parlor --
Ladbrokes has since 1967 had an open "book" taking bets on the
existence of Life On Mars.
They took their first bet on life on Mars in the early
1970's, at odds of 1000 to 1 (against). It was for ten pound,
which means that if the better (or his heirs) still have the
ticket, they could win 10,000 pounds when and if NASA ever
declares that there was (or had been) life on Mars.
Today, Ladbrokes closed the book on Mars. They will take
no more bets (too risky, they think). At the time the book was
closed, the odds were down to 16 to 1 (against).
So, what do you think the odds of life on Mars are (for or
Sterling K. Webb
Received on Thu 04 Mar 2004 11:26:11 PM PST