This seems to be another one of those weird things going around. Maybe it'll get some of my juices flowing.
"The number of permutations of the four letters a, b, c, and d is clearly 4! = 24."
-- The fifth sentence on page 23 of Probability and Statistical Inference, 2nd Edition by Robert V. Hogg and Elliot A. Tanis
Hogg and Tanis, sitting to my right, seems to be closest by a matter of centimeters, just barely beating out Neil Gaiman's American Gods on my left.
I picked this "meme" up from one of the many Microsoft Blogs collectively syndicated at Weblogs @ ASP.NET, where it seems to be doing the rounds.
The meme says:
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions