Textbook hilarity

I’m taking a probability course that is using Kenneth Ross’s “A First Course in Probability.” Reading about Independent Events from the book last night I came across this example:

If we let E denote the event that the next president is a Republican and F the event that there will be a major earthquake within the next year, then most people would probably be willing to assume that E and F are independent. However, there would probably be some controversy over whether it is reasonable to assume that E is independent of G, where G is the event that there will be a major war within two years after the election.

Hahaha!

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