It's just one of those wild coincidences, like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams dying the same day, exactly 50 years after they signed the Declaration of Independence. At least, so says Governor Schwarzenegger of the profane letter he sent to lawmakers.
To recap: on Tuesday a hidden message was detected in a note accompanying a veto Governor Schwarzenegger sent to California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. When read like an acrostic poem, the first seven letters in seven consecutive lines spelled out "FUCK YOU." The message was not without precedent -- earlier Ammiano had told the governor to "kiss my gay ass."
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Schwarzenegger insisted "That was a total coincidence. It was one of those wild coincidences."
How likely is that? According to Stephen Devlin, the chair of the math department at the University of San Francisco, not very. The odds are one in 10 million he said, and added, "Not surprisingly, it's virtually impossible for this to happen."
Take another look at the letter here: