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Old 07 November 2011, 05:59 PM
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Is it now an Aries due to the shift in constellations?

PS. Isn't the known value of pi always changing as it gets calculated to more and more digits?
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Old 13 November 2011, 08:18 PM
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Comment: i am wondering what snopes.com has to say about the golden ratio
and fibonacci numbers. do they really exist in nature like everyone says?
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Old 16 November 2011, 07:03 AM
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Sure they exist in nature. Any number series or ratio can be found if you look hard enough.

Usually, though, the Fibonacci series found in nature end after just a few numbers, and thus proves very little. Most cases I've seen people pointing at has only two successive numbers from the series, which, to my mind, proves nothing.

As for ratios, while they can often be found, they'll be approximate, which, once again, makes the evidence pretty weak. Some ratios are different, though, such as pi and sqrt(2), and are commonly found with great precision. The same goes for some ratios in crystal proportions, for example.
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Old 12 December 2011, 03:42 AM
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Comment: I was told that George Soros' personal gold holdings were at
2,000 tons.
True or False?
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Old 19 March 2012, 09:39 PM
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Comment: The truth is that eggs are EASIER to balance during an equinox. I
gave 25 seventh graders eggs to balance. For about ten minutes most of
the class was successful at balancing raw eggs. Before and after the time
of the equinox, only a few kids could do it.

I have an explanation/hypothesis to explain my observation. The equinox
is the only time that both of Earth's rotational poles are exactly the
same distance from the center of the sun. The rest of the year one pole
is closer and that creates a tiny bit of disequlibrium.

Sure people can balance eggs anytime but it is easier during the equinox.
Try it with a large group. My conclusion is that egg balancing is not
folklore.
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Old 17 May 2012, 10:11 PM
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Comment: This is in reference to your write up on the Passat and its gas
millage in the UK as compared to the US. When you say that the English
gallon represents 1 and the US gallon comparison is 1.2, you go on to say
that is why the car gets better millage in the UK. It is just the
opposite as 1.2 is greater, providing more gas so as to obviously produce
MORE millage. You may wish to take a refresher course in math.
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Old 18 May 2012, 01:17 PM
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See if they are running any specials on spelling refreshers while you are at it and maybe send this person a coupon or something.
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Old 18 May 2012, 03:49 PM
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Comment: I was told that George Soros' personal gold holdings were at
2,000 tons.
True or False?
True, but that is entirely in the form of dental fillings
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Old 12 July 2012, 06:26 PM
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Comment: On the Mountain Dew glow bottle, someone commented that it should
be 1/4 INCH of Mountain Dew and straight peroxide NOT hydrogen peroxide!
Could you retry? (and still the small amount of baking soda)
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Old 15 July 2012, 04:23 AM
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Comment: Regarding your article "Flush Bosh", which critiqued the notion
that the coriolis effect dictated the direction of rotation of drainage in
small bodies of water: sorry guys, you blew it on this one.

The coriolis effect is in no way dependent on the scale of the fluid
medium it is affecting, and draining water (or any other fluid "low") does
in fact change direction depending on whether it is north or south of the
equator. I've tested and demonstrated this on multiple occasions while
crossing the equator in a submarine, where the motion of surface waves is
negligible. The effect is surprisingly dramatic. North of the equator,
even very close to the equator, the water in a basin (on submarines, we
never use the "S-word") drains counterclockwise. At the very moment of
crossing the equator it drains straight down, and then a second later
begins rotating clockwise. Using internal telephones with the navigation
center, we can "mark" the moment the water runs straight down, and our
latitude by SINS or GPS is always 0° 00.00'.
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Old 15 July 2012, 05:32 AM
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No, you can't. If there were a difference, it would not be measureable at the equator. Any difference would get bigger the further from the equator you went.

The water in my bathtub and the basin a metre away flow out in different directions. It has everything to do with the design of the vessel rather than the rotation of the Earth.
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Old 18 July 2012, 11:20 PM
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Comment: It is on FB and is called "save my dividends" it claims there is
a 190% tax on all dividends no matter how small. It has an elderly woman
as its poster child.
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Old 23 July 2012, 02:34 AM
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Comment: Are narwhals real. My daughters are convinced that these are real
creatures. I have seen many websites that show pictures. Please help me
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Old 23 July 2012, 04:54 AM
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Despite what you have heard, Narwhals ARE real! They are just invisible and can only appear before a virgin maiden where they will sit on her lap.

Auburn "Maybe it was some other one-horned animal I was thinking of" Red
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Old 23 July 2012, 05:32 AM
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PS. Isn't the known value of pi always changing as it gets calculated to more and more digits?
Nope, the value of pi is pi. It's an irrational number, but it's well understood as an infinite series.

What the digits in base 10 happen to work out to be are essentially meaningless trivia. You could start from scratch calculating a bunch of the digits in base 37 rather than 10, but it wouldn't tell us anything new about the value of it.
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Old 23 July 2012, 09:38 AM
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The really cool thing about pi is its hex expansion, which lets each digit be calculated independent of the rest.

http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ffiles/20010.5.shtml

Also this:
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The Meaning of Life (42) and Pi
(Quoting from Scott Glazer): Trying to come up with a significant number to search for, I thought of 42 (the answer to life, the universe, and everything in Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy.) 42 would be way too common of course, so I went for 424242. Came back that this shows up at position 242423. Add one (for the decimal point, I lamely rationalize here) and you get 242424, the reverse of the original input. Now that's meaningful... or something.

[Editors Note] Amusingly enough, the entire string returned is 242424242. If you disregard either of the ending twos, you find that it's the same position at which you find 42424242. Ahh, the palindromic possibilities inherent in a reversible meaning of life string. --Dave
from http://www.angio.net/pi/piquery
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Old 23 July 2012, 01:59 PM
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The same is true for binary. I believe the largest known digit is in binary, which used to be the quadrillionth binary digit - a zero. (But I agree with Errata that the number itself is well known. It's just a matter of representing it, which doesn't have to be with digits.)
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Old 23 July 2012, 02:12 PM
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Comment: I was told that George Soros' personal gold holdings were at 2,000 tons.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York which is by far* the largest single gold holding in the world only has 7,000 tons, which is 10% of all currency quality gold on the planet. And this consist of the entire gold reserve of several nations. It's rather unlikely that a private citizen could obtain 28% of this.

*For movie buffs this is the bank the bad guys rob in Die Hard 3 and contains so much gold when one of the bad guys refers to it as Fort Knox the lead bad guy rebukes him with "140 billion dollars. 10 times what's in Kentucky. Fort Knox? Ha! It's for tourists."
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Old 23 July 2012, 02:19 PM
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Despite what you have heard, Narwhals ARE real! They are just invisible and can only appear before a virgin maiden where they will sit on her lap.

Auburn "Maybe it was some other one-horned animal I was thinking of" Red
Unicorns, I love them. Unicorns, I love them. Uni uni unicorns, I love them. Uni unicorns, I could pet one if they were really real. And they are! So I bought one so I could pet it. Now it loves me, now I love it. La lala la la...
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Old 07 September 2012, 12:21 AM
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Comment: Your article protecting obama and the amount of executive orders
he has signed is comparing "8" years of service with former presidents to
"3 and 1/2" years of service for obama.

We know you love saving his behind whenever you can, but don't make it
so obvious.
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