Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thought For the Day


Ebola is like the Lottery:
They're both punishment for people who suck at math.


  1. Here is an interesting fable on this topic, if you haven't seen it. It's an old one.

    "When the creator of the game of chess showed his invention to the ruler of the country, the ruler was so pleased that he gave the inventor the right to name his prize for the invention. The man, who was very clever, asked the king this: that for the first square of the chess board, he would receive one grain of wheat, two for the second one, four on the third one, and so forth, doubling the amount each time. The ruler, arithmetically unaware, quickly accepted the inventor's offer, even getting offended by his perceived notion that the inventor was asking for such a low price, and ordered the treasurer to count and hand over the wheat to the inventor. However, when the treasurer took more than a week to calculate the amount of wheat, the ruler asked him for a reason for his tardiness. The treasurer then gave him the result of the calculation, and explained that it would take more than all the assets of the kingdom to give the inventor the reward. The story ends with the inventor being beheaded."

  2. I've read the score and did the math on a calculator and come up with some almost unbelievable answers.
    Even if my math is off by a large part the sum of the doubling is staggering.
    It's deceptive till it hits the one million mark, then begins to get scarey as hell.