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the idea is older than him, but piet hein put it into verse very nicely:


    Whenever you're called on to make up your mind,  
      and you're hampered by not having any,  
    the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find,  
      is simply by spinning a penny.  
    No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair  
      while you're passively standing there moping;  
    but the moment the penny is up in the air,  
      you suddenly know what you're hoping.

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