February 12, 2010
So on the stapler question, here's how things unfolded:
As soon as I made the bet, we began to poll the class. Two students pulled out staplers almost immediately, and I thought to myself, "Cake."
Then, the stapler search stalled.
As students dribbled in, the class got into the search, but one by one the late-comers became stapler deniers. Finally, one student said, "We should just stop asking, we know that E___ will have a stapler. Her class before this is on main campus, but when she gets here, that will clinch it." Everyone agreed. E___ would have a stapler, and I would win the bet.
Except, I had insider information. I knew, from an earlier email exchange, that E____ was in Pennsylvania and wouldn't be bringing her stapler to class that day.
I lost. I was robbed.