Seinfeld (the sitcom) was filled to the brim with self-reflexive scenarios. On a number of occasions, Costanza and Seinfeld engage in a conversation on their conversation- but the one occasion this was particularly striking  was when the two brainstorm to find an idea for the sitcom Jerry. (The irony.) The series nested itself in a self-deprecating public display of self-awareness, exemplified by the instance where Costanza utters in a moment of ennui: “This, this is what the show’s about! The show, is about nothing.”- breaking the fourth wall in the process (and, some might add, exposing it to be the tripe it is).

From mathworld, a corky, off-beat answer to a question from the Google Labs Aptitude Test:

19. ‘Tis known in refined company, that choosing K things out of N can be done in ways as many as choosing N minus K from N: I pick K, you the remaining.

Find though a cooler bijection, where you show a knack uncanny, of making your choices contain all K of mine.  Oh, for pedantry: let K be no more than half N.

Answer: ‘Tis more problematic to disentangle semantic meaning precise from the this paragraph of verbiage peculiar.

At this point, some exposition might be in order. What can a satirical in-joke from a TV series have in common with a well known binomial coefficient rule (and sentence construction that would spoof a recursive transition network)?

What, indeed.

(I’ll let you figure this one out.)


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