So I was curious about my lottery numbers. A computer spat them out for me. Generally, computers have been my friends, and I have no reason to dislike the one that chose these for me. For added interest, I googled the series of numbers of my lottery ticket, in quotation marks. What did the numbers mean? How had they been used in the past? The full list of numbers yielded nothing, but the first five (minus the megaball number) gave me 232,000,000 results.
1) The first result was a date and time of printable version of a post on diets. Not that interesting. Some cheekiness makes me think it’s from another country, England I think. Here is the best tip in the thread:
• Save 300kcals by choosing sliced bread instead of a baguette. A demi-baguette or panini weighs the same as five slices of bread and clocks up 500kcals before you even add the filling!
Eventually, the thread got off track, and this was the most recent one, the comment that ended the thread completely:
• Don’t really have anything of value here, just figured I’d make another one of these threads while I avoid doing anything constructive. On that note, the Major Lazer album is gonna be a sick release. Quite exciting.
I hadn’t heard of Major Lazer, but apparently it’s two DJs who worked with M.I.A.
2) The second google hit, somewhat unbelievably, is a post about how NOT to answer emails that say you’ve won some foreign lottery, and instruct you to send your bank account information to blah blah blah. It’s a site that warns you what a fake lottery scam/spam email looks like, and bewares you of it. I sort of can’t believe it, but my lottery numbers are the ones in the scam email of a scam lottery that you did not actually win, but which was created to make some little old lady give up her bank account to a conman.
OK, now things get a little weird:
3) The next three are date/time stamps for flickr photos, one of a city street, one of a man at a podium announcing something called the 2010 Doug Wright Awards. Behind him on the screen is projected what looks to be a book cover, Back + Forth, with the name Marta Chudolinksa underneath it. The last one is one of a beat-up red jeep. All three of these tell me what camera was used to capture the image.
4) The rest of the google hits are in Chinese or German.
So I looked up the Doug Wright awards, because I had never heard of them, and they are for Canadian cartoonists and graphic novelists. Completely unbefuckinglievably, one of the jurists that year was Carl Wilson. I actually know Carl Wilson. Please, Carl Wilson, if you are reading this, please confirm that you did indeed judge the 2010 Doug Wright awards. If that is the case, I’m dumbfounded. How in god’s name did a computer in a North Carolinian gas station give me numbers to a lottery, a lottery I never play, then how did I think up the idea of googling the numbers, with those numbers leading me to an image that involved Carl Wilson and how did I think up the idea blogging about this on the blog that Carl Wilson at one time told my sister he sometimes reads. What kind of coincidence is this? I’m so confused! Is it just that Carl Wilson is so ubiquitous? Should we be playing six degrees of Carl Wilson? Or is this a sign I’m going to win the lottery tomorrow night?