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Fri May 30, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"
Replies: 76
Views: 19368

### Re: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"

The sign should factor in its elevation above sea level, but then the joke wouldn't be as funny. I don't have the software ready to triangulate the possible locations of the sign, so I’ll just use Google maps for a quick guess. I like either Tupelo Mississippi, which is a 106 Mile drive from Jackso...
Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 20274

### Re: 1308: "Christmas Lights"

I love this! Took me a second to connect "fireplace." The star's spectrum is kind of interesting, too.
Mon Jan 08, 2007 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: [Solution] #5: Suprisingly Normal
Replies: 13
Views: 4985
Ok, I think I figured out what exactly I did wrong. I (unwittingly) interpreted the word "average" as the "mode", instead of "mean" as was intended. So I think my answer is correct through that interpretation... if you use a random number generator a given number of tim...
Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: [Solution] #5: Suprisingly Normal
Replies: 13
Views: 4985
Oh.

I still don't really get it, but I see how I went wrong. Thanks!

In my defense, I still think the question was worded confusingly, lol. Guess this is why I'm not a math major.
Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: [Solution] #5: Suprisingly Normal
Replies: 13
Views: 4985
Something a bit more mathy now, if you take a random number between 0 and 1, then take another, and then another (etc.) and sum them up, what is the average number of numbers required to bring the sum above one? OK... I have a question. Can anybody explain to me why my logic is wrong? To think of a...

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