Pun Of The Weak: Lecture

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“I went to the Colorado School of Mines hoping to get involved in some exciting underground action, but I discovered it was just a lot of boring lectures.” – Jason Dias

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It’s All Relative

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101 Mathematical Trivia

1. In 1988, Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995) invented a method of beating a different rhythm with each arm–created a new composition by identifying each note in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with a number, and then playing the square root of each note.

2. The symbol for infinity (∞) was used by the Romans to represent 1000.

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3. The sum of the first 100 prime numbers is equal to 1111.

4. The earliest evidence of a numerical recording device is a section of a fibula of a baboon, with 29 visible notches, dated to about 35000 BC, from a cave in the Lebombo mountains on the borders of Swaziland in Southern Africa.

5. The number 365 is equal to the sum of three consecutive squares and two consecutive squares in which the five squares are also consecutive.

365 = 102 + 112 + 122 = 132 + 142

6. £12 12 shillings 8 pence = 12128 farthings

7. Interesting number relationships:

12 + 42 + 62 + 72 = 22 + 32 + 52 + 82 = 101

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Theory Versus Practice

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“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut

“The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.” – Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth

“Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but no one knows why. In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why!” – Anon.

“Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.” – Donald E. Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming

“At school, we learn the theory to do the practice, but they didn’t teach you that in real life you learn from the practice to know the theory.” – Goitsemang Mvula Continue reading

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Elegant-Sounding

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George Santayana stated that “to knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.” No one believed that philosophy more than Mark Twain. Twain has the knack of annoying the pompous and knocking the haughty ones off their high horses.

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Random Joke #1: Monkeys Of The Stock Market

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Once upon a time, in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10.

And, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at $20 for a monkey.

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A Journey Of A Thousand Miles In A Thousand Hours

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Laozi, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 64

Captain Robert Allardyce Barclay (1779 – 1854) of Ury, Scotland was a well-known “walker” during the nineteenth century. He was considered the father of pedestrianism, which is the progenitor of racewalking. He’s most famously known for his feat of walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours.

When Barclay boasted that he could walk 1000 miles in 1000 hours, some Englishmen were skeptical of him and offered an odd of 100 to 1. Confident that he will succeed, Barclay himself made a wager of 1000 guineas  (equivalent to 1 pound sterling or 21 shillings during that time).

The terms of the wager include:

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