Daily Archives: 13 January 2007

What happens when a monk meets a nun

Quick. Read the sentence below. “WITH GRATITUDE TO MY PARENTS, MOTHER TERESA AND THE POPE.” Did you find anything wrong with the sentence construction? If you pressed N, you are a heretic killer, a serial-comma killer. If you pressed Y, as William Strunk, E B White, and The Chicago Manual of Style suggest you do,…

TV serials are obviously all about numbers

# Is 1782 to the power of 12 plus 1841 to the power of 12 equal to 1922 to the power of 12? # What is the last digit when you calculate pi to 40,000 decimal places? # What is so remarkable about the numbers, 3370318 and 2716057? Seem like arcane questions. But, hang on,…