Ever heard of the Inspection Paradox? In some contexts it just explains why you have to wait a long time for the bus. But if we started working with it, we could make the world a more extraordinary place - at least, on paper.

When you first hear about the Inspection Paradox, you might confuse it for something confirmed by MISPWOSO, The Maximegalon Institute for Slowly and Painfully Working Out the Surprisingly Obvious - from Douglas Adams' books. The math behind it shows that, for any periodically occurring event, the average wait time for the next event will always be longer than the average wait time for the next event.

Let's make it simpler. Buses, trains, or shuttles will come a certain number of times per hour, say once every fifteen minutes. That means that your wait time for the next bus should be, on average, seven and a half minutes. Anyone who has been on public transport will not be surprised to note that their average wait time is longer than the average wait time. They'll also probably guess at the answer as to why. Whenever there's a long wait for a bus, it arrives packed to the roof with disgruntled people. And it is about to be packed further, as anyone who has had a long wait time at a stop will be alone at first, then joined by more and more people until there is a crowd. The longer the wait between buses, the more likely people are going to show up and be annoyed by the longer wait.