Friday, April 24, 2015

so wat?

If Kools, Malboro, Salem, and Winston (as well as all the other popular brands) are Class A cigarettes, then what is a Class B cigarette?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

so wat?

Michael Jordan (yes, THE Michael Jordan) tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophmore year, but at 5'11" (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level.

Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All NBA First Team designations, nine All Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular-season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.4 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2009 and was inducted on September 11, 2009.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

so wat?

Did you know there was a novel written without using any "e"s? Gadsby: Champion of Youth. The novel is most famous for purposefully not using the letter "e" in any word.

Monday, April 20, 2015

so wat?

Did you know that Snuffleupagus is the braddah's last name? His full name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sense of Scale part 4

For most of us (myself included), millions, billions and trillions are “big”. It’s not intuitively obvious that a trillion is actually a million squared — that is, a trillion makes 1 million look imperceptible.
Check out these:
  • 1 second is 1 second
  • 1 million seconds is 12 days (Interesting)
  • 1 billion seconds is 30 years (Wow, that’s a lot)
  • 1 trillion seconds is 30,000 years (Jumpin’ Jillikers!)
Yowza. Do you feel the staggering difference between a trillion and a million? Between a billion and a million?
And for distance:
  • 1 millimiter is 1 mm (pretty tiny)
  • 1 million mm is a kilometer (down the street)
  • 1 billion mm is a 1000 km (600 miles — partway across the country)
  • 1 trillion mm is 1,000,000 km (Going around the world 25 times, almost as wide as the Sun)
Again, see the difference? How small a million is (”down the street”) compared to the size of the Sun?
These numbers come in handy in many applications:
  • 99.999% reliability (”Five 9’s”) means an error rate of 10 out of a million. That is, you can be offline for only 10 seconds every 12 days. Or, you can have a tolerance of 10mm for every kilometer. That’s pretty accurate!
  • “One part per million” is often used by chemists to measure concentrations of substances. One ppm is like having a presence of 1 second in 12 days. And a part per trillion? You got it: 1 second every 30,000 years. That’s tiny.
This apprach helped me understand how utterly gigantic a trillion is, and how precise 99.999% really is.
Source: Mental Math Shortcuts