Monday, December 13, 2004


Nice work on the string around the earth problem, though nobody had the guts to post a guess prior to working it out (it's ok, we won't make fun of you - much). Correct answers of 2pi inches from elstalker, Bruce (who also has a good post on Innumeracy), some bored guy, and a couple annons. I was disappointed not to hear from the Kitten, but she's into law, not math.

Here's today's:

At how many discreet locations on earth is it possible to walk one mile south, then one mile east, then one mile north and end up at the exact place you started?

Update: In response to those who ask if I don't have something better to do, I recall a quotation (though I don't recall the source) that war is hours of boredom interrupted by brief moments of sheer terror. Thank goodness for the internet.