Professor: You changed the outcome by measuring it!
When the winner of the horse race has to be determined under the microscope, Farnsworth's complaint hints at one of the interpretations of quantum mechanics. This interpretation states that until a measurement is taken a system is a mixture of all possible outcomes and that taking a measurement disturbs the system altering the results and forcing the system to choose only one of the possibilities. Subsequent measurements of the same situation taken far enough apart (timewise) may not yield a consistent outcome.
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