Take 1 and divide it by 998001. Go on, do it. If’n yer too lazy, busy or uninterested, the reason why I suggested this after the break.

1/998001 generates all the three-digit numbers from 000 to 999, in order.

1.001002003004005006007008009010011012…

1/9801 generates all the two-digit numbers from 00 to 99, in order.

1/99980001 generates all the four-digit numbers from 0000 to 9999.

Go ahead. Ask me why.

Answer: I’unno.

  • tps

    Its an Easter Egg.

  • publiusr

    I think Orson Wells did a similar math trick years ago, but I cannot remember the details.

  • Michael the Somewhat Civilized

    Magic.

  • Herp McDerp

    And if you carry out the math to 10^20 places or so in base eleven, you get this peculiar image of a circle …

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but then the government takes over…

  • richard
  • David Winfrey

    Here’s my personal “what does this mean?” math bit:

    Quoted figures say 40% men went for Romney, 60% Obama; reverse numbers for women. This means ALL male and female votes cancelled out (all lesser divisions are subsumed by this one).

    Obviously margin of error elected him…but the more amusing supposition is that the tie was broken by the minute group not identifiable as male or female: i.e., transgenders, transvestites, cross-dressers.

    No wonder Fox News was upset that night.

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