Problem: Does Mr. Squishyfish tend to land on his tummy rather than his two sides?

[Sort of a more verbose imitation of neneno‘s “No Sleep Gum” trials.]

Hypothesis: Yeah, because he usually sits on his tummy, and it kinda looks wider. But we’ll see.

Research: Mr. Squishyfish is an isosceles, possibly equilateral prism’d fish. 

A picture of Mr. Squishyfish

Now, even though he looks more equilateral in this picture, I still think that he’ll fall on his tummy because he’s accustomed to falling that way. However, probability would dictate that a evenly weighted equilateral fish would fall only 1/3 of the time on his tummy. Whatever-Like Blaise Pascal and that other guy he was gambling with had a Mr. Squishyfish.

Design:
1. Throw fish, eyes closed, to a height of about 6 feet. Aim to flip fish randomly a few times in air.
2. Record which side he fell on.
3. Discard any trials when the fish fell on your head, or received other interference.
4. Repeat to a multiple of 3.

Result:
So I chucked the fish 17 times and discarded two throws-once, he hit my head; the other time, he fell onto the ottoman and slid off. [Maybe I shouldn’t have discarded them..?]

Out of the 15 legit throws, the fish landed on its tummy 5 times, exactly as probability would dictate. Mew. I’ll probably do this again later.

Viva Mr. Squishyfish!

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