Once upon a time, a certain Professor Stumpsinschmausen lived in the town of Ersatz, Germany. He had an active curiousity, and when a new "super-smooth" carriage factory was built in Ersatz, he decided to try out one of their "latest-model" carriages.

   So he drove one of the carriages to a nearby town and back, and it certainly gave a very smooth ride.

   But when he returned, he had a very peculiar feeling, and when he pondered on this he discovered that it was the feeling that "he hadn't really been anywhere."

   So he decided to try making the trip again, but this time he attached a collection of nuts, bolts, rusty springs, and other odds and ends to the rear axle of the carriage.

   Now when he returned from the nearby town, he felt that he had "very definitely been somewhere."

   At this point he decided that there was really something called "optimum randomity."