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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/10/a-brief-tour-of-the-folger-shakespeare-librarys-digital-treasures/280039/#comment-1073310468

This discussion is petering out, which is a shame, not only because Jolly Roger made an idiot of himself trying to discuss poetry again but because Nameless Wag has come up with an idea that deserves a bit of work. He asks, "How many literary coincidences constitute 'too many'?"

What is needed is a unit of standardised measurement for the literary coincidence. We could call it the Vere. You could isolate a coincidence, measure it against the standardised norm, then give it a value, say 25 milliVeres for a small positive coincidence in favour of the author, -25 milliVeres if it casts a hint of shadow. 

Then you could meaningfully add them all up. A score higher than -5 gigaVeres would mean you can strip an author of all credit for his work and assign it to another higher scoring candidate.

Will, of course, would be starting out with 50 teraVeres.

  • alfa-16's picture

     Extending your funny analogy: The UniVeres is comprised of a number subatomic particles. The Looney Ogburn Boson is primarily responsible for the formation of initial mass/energy 
    and trace elements, measured in terms of MilliVeres etc. These elements 
    are collectively known as Stritmatter. 

    Experiments in The Large Shakespeare Collider subjected Stritmatter to rigorous testing and discovered that it doesn't exist, being entirely made up of Antimatter, or dark energy.

    The purpose of dark energy is to form a Super Massive Black Hole that swallows everything up and eventually implodes.

    However, measurements detect small fragmentary residues of the phenomenon. Free Radicals zoom around the UniVeres, ultimately fizzling out and are seen no more. Just as you predicted.

    Oct 13, 2013