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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Interesting Wikipedia articles Reply with quote

I'm going to post an interesting Wikipedia article in this topic every day for the rest of forever. I will start today off with 15 randomish ones.

1958 Tybee Island B-47 crash (A bomber accidental lost a nuclear warhead off the cost of Alabama.)
Sokushinbutsu (A process which a sect of Buddhist use to mummify themselves)
Anscombe's quartet (Four sets of points which share a number statistical properties, but look very, very different)
Chronicon (One of the earliest attempts at figuring out the earth age)
Coffin ship (An insurance-fraud-waiting-to happen type of boat with a high mortality rate for passengers)

Richard Parker (Name shared by cannibalized castaways)
USA-193 (A secret satellite launched and shot down by the US)
War Plan Red (The US's war plan for fighting the British Empire)
Vela Incident (A huge mysterious explosion in the middle of nowhere)
CTA-102 (A cool quasar)

CubeSat (Really, really tiny satellites)
Draupner wave (A rogue 25m tall wave.)
Graham's number (The largest number ever mathematically expressed for a legitimate reason. It's so big that the universe isn't large enough to contain it written in longhand).
Garry Hoy (Lawyer who accidentally jumped out of a skyscraper.)
Starfish Prime (Space nuke. 'nuff said.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to give them a one-sentence description or something to encourage people to read them... I'm checking them out though I know most won't.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

descriptions plz. i may find these interesting but i rarely have time to read a lot, so knowing which ones i will be interested in would be helpful
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about you both keep your opinions to yourselves?

Murder Edition:
Taman Shud Case (Some random unidentifiable dude was found dead on a beach. It gets weirder.)
Atlas Vampire (This article is a few sentences long. I don't want to ruin it for you.)
Lake Bodom murders (Finnish students camping in the wilderness are murdered by an unknown assailant)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, read them all. And QT you should just go read this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unsolved_murders_and_deaths
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the article for Googolplex, it is claimed that Carl Sagan said that the universe cannot hold this number written down in base-10 numerals. If googolplex can't be written down, then Graham's number (described as unimaginably larger than googolplex) certainly can't XD.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah. Richard Parker one was intresting, definitely. Here's some articles you may or may not have checked out, branching off of yours.

MS Munchen - A German freighter sunk mysteriously.
Cosmos 954 - A Soviet satellite which scattered radioactive debris in Canada upon reentry.

Spock_Logic147 wrote:
If googolplex can't be written down, then Graham's number (described as unimaginably larger than googolplex) certainly can't XD.

quack_tape wrote:
the universe isn't large enough to contain it written in longhand.


You should read more thoroughly.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, War Plan Red

Canada: Red
Uk: Red
India: Red
Austrailia: Red
New Zealand: Red
Ireland: Green

wtf? why are they all variations of red, and one green?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*India: Magenta
*New Zealand: Purple
*Australia: Red Orange
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Spock_Logic147 wrote:
If googolplex can't be written down, then Graham's number (described as unimaginably larger than googolplex) certainly can't XD.

quack_tape wrote:
the universe isn't large enough to contain it written in longhand.


You should read more thoroughly.


wat?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they could have chose blue, or yellow, not variations of the same color, and why is ireland so different than the rest?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spock_Logic147 wrote:
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Spock_Logic147 wrote:
If googolplex can't be written down, then Graham's number (described as unimaginably larger than googolplex) certainly can't XD.

quack_tape wrote:
the universe isn't large enough to contain it written in longhand.


You should read more thoroughly.


wat?


I'm saying, QT said that already.

@Jaymasta: I guess Ireland is really different than the rest. To be honest, that's one of the articles I didn't read as much.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm saying that the GOOGOLPLEX can't be written within the space of the Universe. QT made it clear that it isn't possible with Graham's number.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting.
I think Sagan was wrong though. Assuming that you write your numbers as small as physically possible (each one takes up a Planck volume), you can definitely fit a googleplex in. If my calculations are correct, there are about 10^184 Planck volumes in the universe, which is significantly higher than the amount needed to write down a googleplex (1+10^100).

The reason is that a googleplex is 10 raised to the tenth raised to the tenth raised to the tenth.

Graham's number looks at this, laughs, and proceeds to curbstomp the shit out of it.
I'll try to do it justice:

See those four arrows on the bottom? Each one of those represents a certain function which makes numbers really huge. (A=an arrow)
3 A 3 is 27
3 A A 3 is around 8 trillion
3 A A A 3 is a super long version of 3 raised to the third raised to the third raised to the third etc. The number of threes that the original three is raised to is equal to three raised to 8 trillion threes.
3 A A A A 3 is so ungodly huge that I can't even describe it like that.

Graham's number is bigger than this. Getting 3 A A A A 3 is level one of figuring out what Graham's number is. Level two is where you take do the same thing again, but with 3 A A A A 3 arrows instead of a measly four. Then you take that number and use it as the number of arrows in the next level.
...you do this 64 times.
That's right, holy gently caressing shit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thats a big number
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

quack_tape wrote:

I'll try to do it justice:


Thanks for explaining. I read that article then failed to understand because I failed at math.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

psy_wombats wrote:
quack_tape wrote:

I'll try to do it justice:


Thanks for explaining. I read that article then failed to understand because I failed at math.

Wikipedia sucks at explaining math. It assumes that you already know all the obscure and insufficiently explained supporting math and has terrible summaries.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's because the only people who bother to edit the math on wikipedia are gently caressing crazy mathematicians who assume everyone already knows this shit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RAGNAROK wrote:
that's because the only people who bother to edit the math on wikipedia are gently caressing crazy mathematicians who assume everyone already knows this shit.

Pretty much nailed it. Wikipedia's not at an entry level because the people who care enough to maintain the technical pages are pros.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kola Superdeep Borehole (The deepest point on earth)
Blue Peacock (Chicken-powered nuke)
Veerappan (An incredibly badass Indian bandit)
Person from Porlock (A guy who made a poet forget what he was doing)
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