Everyone knows the flip of a coin is a 50-50 proposition.

Only it’s not.

You can beat the odds.


Coin Flipping = Frisbee

Using a camera from the Stanford engineering department that snapped 1,000 frames per second, they determined that the laws of basic mechanics play a large role. Coins flipped from a thumb don’t merely rotate around their axis, but they also spin like a Frisbee.

The degree of that Frisbee spin depends on the motion of the thumb.

The more Frisbee spin, the longer the side facing up stays facing up when the coin is in the air.

Read the article here.