Full Circle

Place 24 pigs in these sties so that, no matter how many times one circles the sties, he always find that the number in each sty is closer to 10 than the number in the previous one. Advertisements

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A Zero Vector’s Woe

Here is an offbeat poem which was written by Eileen Tupaz, a then student of Ateneo University (Philippines): i’m tired of being a zero vector i’m tired of being a zero vector with no direction no dimension and no magnitude; what i need is another element — but that would be a contradiction of my […]

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The First Odd Number In The Dictionary

Suppose that each number from 1 to 10,000,000,000 written in English and then alphabetically arranged (as in a dictionary) while ignoring spaces and hyphens. What would be the first odd number in the list?

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, July 2018

Random Ramblings Some Tech-Related Headaches Last Friday, while I was checking my external hard drives, I noticed one of them was acting strangely. I figured out that it’s on the brink of failing. This isn’t surprising as hard drives fail more times than we like to think. So, it’s not that big of a deal. […]

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Curious Number Substrings

If you add all the substrings of 891, the sum is 198, which is the reverse of 891: 891 → 8 + 9 + 1 + 89 + 91 = 198 This is the only 3-digit number that has this property. There is also one 4-digit number with the same property. Can you find this […]

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Gleanings From The Past #55

The Sword and the Pen The sword of the warrior was taken down for the purpose of being polished. It had not been long out of use. The rust was rubbed off, but there were spots that would not go; they were of blood. The sword was placed on the table, near the pen of […]

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A Hecatomb Of Oxen Or: Pythagoras’s Sacrifice

“Pythagoreans Celebrate the Sunrise” by Fyodor Bronnikov 1869 Legend has it that when the Greek philosopher Pythagoras discovered the Pythagorean theorem (the famous right-triangle theorem you probably first heard in algebra class then never heard it again until now), he celebrated by sacrificing a hecatomb (100 heads) of oxen to the gods. This event was […]

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Albert Einstein On The Formula For Success In Life

One day, someone asked Albert Einstein whether he knows the mathematical formula for success in life. “If a is ‘success in life’, then the formula is, a equals x plus y plus z, where x represents ‘work’ and y represents ‘play’,” Einstein said. “But what about z?” he was asked. “z,” he replied, “is keeping your mouth […]

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Conundrum

The following couple of verses would be familiar to those who know the nursery rhyme As I was Going to St. Ives. As I was going to Handover Fists I met a man with seven wrists. The seven wrists had seven hands; The seven hands bore seven bonds; The seven bonds hid seven wounds: How […]

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