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My Mother’s Epic Battle with an Armadillo

I just found a hilarious tale about my mother (in L. Lee Cowan’s Except for All the Snakes, I just Love It Out Here: The News from Stone County, Arkansas, Where One Life is Put Down Straight Up, p. 120). … Continue reading

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The Moon Unit Proposal

I propose that 384,400 km (238,855 miles), the average distance from the Earth to the Moon, be called a “moon unit.” Example: “The mileage of my car is over one moon unit.”

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Hillary Clinton’s Other E-mail Problem

This has nothing to do with those other e-mails tied to Hillary Clinton — the ones which have recently been under official investigation, and in the news. It’s a completely different thing: e-mails sent out by her campaign for the White … Continue reading

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The “Trick Johnson” (?) — A Near-Miss Johnson Solid, Surrounded by Hilariously Mistranslated Japanese

I did not discover this polyhedron, although I wish I had, for it has quite a clever design. The page where I found it (poorly-translated English version, where it’s called the “Trick Johnson,” whatever that means) is at http://www.geocities.jp/ikuro_kotaro/koramu/1053_g2.htm). I generally … Continue reading

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New Largest Known Prime Number Revealed By Computer — After Four-Month Delay

I find it hilarious that the computer which made this discovery actually kept it a secret for four whole months. Source: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2073909-prime-number-with-22-million-digits-is-the-biggest-ever-found/ From that article: “[Curtis] Cooper’s computer actually found the prime on 17 September 2015, but a bug meant the software … Continue reading

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The Physics of Cats, Copperheads, Centipedes, Catbounce, and Catbouncemax

Definition of catbouncemax (shortened form of “maximum catbounce”): for any particular cat, its catbouncemax is equal to the takeoff kinetic energy of that cat if it suddenly and unexpectedly finds itself face-to-face with an adult copperhead snake. I’ve actually seen … Continue reading

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What Is a Mathematician?

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