Friday, September 24, 2010

I lose 25 cool points...

...and gain 100 nerd points for having let out an actual, audible squee when I read this.

Suddenly the universe makes a lot more sense.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Huh.

Not possible.

You can't multiple PI by a round number and get a round number.

Even in Excel which has PI to a paltry 15 decimal places it's 42.003

Sheesh. Of course, it may be close enough the real answer for engineering purposes.

Hahahahahahah.

Sorry that may be cry with laughter, as an engineer.

Day of the nerd.

Anonymous said...

MAde me cry... sigh.

pax said...

My son is a nerd. Because I told him about it (aloud: pi times leet equals the answer to life the universe and everything), and he instantly responded, "How many decimal places?"

Newbius said...

3 thousandths was a close enough tolerance on many parts to send a man to the moon...I'll take it. :)

D.W. Drang said...

Close enough for intelligence work...

Sean said...

Years ago a college econ professor said "be nice to nerds, because one day they will rule the world."

McVee said...

1337%?

That sounds like Zaphods annual salary increase.

Joanna said...

3 thousandths was a close enough tolerance on many parts to send a man to the moon...I'll take it. :)

Darn skippy. Although I think I'll have to put that on the shirt so I can silence the naysayers.

Jay G said...

How many nerd points do I get for this?

Anonymous said...

Only 3 decimal places?

As if we needed any _further_ proof that the Good Lord built this universe to budget and not to specification. =)

boror: Me, when I'm suffering from insufficient entertainment value to due a low BAC.

tickmeister said...

i know what pi is, but what is the significance of 1337%? Unless that is some big deal, this analysis is meaningless.

Tam said...

1337.

reflectoscope said...

Tickmeister - Some kids discovered that using assorted other characters can produce glyphs which look like normal letters. L337, in the right font and frame of mind, spells out LEET. That in turn is a corruption of elite. So, kids who think they're cool call themselves L337.

Anyway, I don't take this little gem to be a coincidence.

Jim

Anonymous said...

Finally, the appropriate way to cut pizza!

Ulises from CA
Captain, Starfleet (ret.)

Dr_Mike said...

6 times 9 = 42, base 13.

Old NFO said...

It's close enough for government work... :-)

Zendo Deb said...

13.37 x pi = 42.0030938

Which isn't close enough to build the computer I am typing this on.

I guess it really is true that the US ranks 26th among industrial nations in mathematics education.

Zendo Deb said...

That is only to a few digits of precision. (You can find pi calculated to a million digits with a simple web search.

From a set-theoretic point of view. (Set theory is something you were probably introduced to in first grade, though you can also do Ph.D.-level research in the more esoteric areas)...

Pi is an irrational number. (If you don't remember middle school/junior high math, I can't help you.)

The product (when you multiply) of an irrational number and a rational number is irrational. 13.37 is rational, pi is irrational, so the product is irrational. (It may also be transcendental, I haven't thought about this a very long time....)

JeanC said...

Me thinks some people are a little too nitpicky with the math, it is close enough for jazz :D

Someone said t-shirts?

Gewehr98 said...

Somebody drank too many Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters.

Jenny said...

So..... God's a geek.... but he codes in VB?

Anonymous said...

The question is: is 13.37 an exact or estimated number?

B Smith said...

EEEEEK!! WHITE MICE!!!

Tim D said...

Dr_Mike said...
6 times 9 = 42, base 13.

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"I may be a sorry case, but I don't write jokes in base 13." - Douglas Adams

-Tim D

Joseph said...

What can you do with 5,271,009?

Shane said...

6 * 9 = 42 is a true statement -- in base 13

Bubblehead Les. said...

Isn't the Universe in the Neighborhood of 13.37 Billion years old? This is based on our perspective of looking back to the Point of Origin from Earth, of course. But since that would be a radius, and 2 times Pi times R gives us the Circumference, that means one Orbit would take 84 Billion light years. why that means to reach every point in Known Space we would need an FTL Drive that could go from 0 to 84 Billion LIght Years per Second MAX. By Crom, I think I've defined just how much we need to get around our Bubble of Space Time! Okay, all you Ringworld Engineers out there, you know what we need, so get to work!

ToddG said...

"You can't multiple PI by a round number and get a round number."

Perhaps Deep Thought simply believed we weren't ready for the remainder.

markofafreeman said...

Oh, gawd! I laughed so hard it hurt.