## 16 reasons why God would never get tenure

We’re not sure if God ever wanted to get tenure, but he definitely wouldn’t have stood a chance based on his actions.

He had only one major publication.
And it was in Hebrew.
And it was not published in a refereed journal.
And some even doubted that He wrote it Himself.
It may be true that He created the world, but what has He done since then?
His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.
The scientific community has had a very rough time trying to replicate His results.
He never applied to the Ethics Board for permission to use human subjects.
When one experiment went awry, He tried to cover it up by drowning the subjects.
When subjects did not behave as predicted, He often punished them, or just deleted them from the sample.

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## God’s Number and Rubik’s Cube – Numberphile – YouTube

What’s the fewest number of moves which you need to make to solve the most complexly scrambled Rubik’s Cube? Numberphile explains what’s the correct answer and why it took up until a couple of years ago to figure it out decisively.

## 5 pictures that will change your view on physics

If you can’t find humor in physics, you should force yourself to look at these funny pictures and reevaluate your sense of humor. If you want to see more, check out the hilarious pictures from this website.

## Why you can’t order 43 Chicken McNuggets – Numberphile – YouTube

Did you ever wonder what’s the largest order of Chicken McNuggets you can’t order for mathematical reasons? Here is a cool video and the explanation.

## Mathematical Brain Teaser #2

Are you ready for a new brain teaser? This time, you have to help a bunch of prisoners.

1000 prisoners are in jail. There’s a room with 1000 lockers, one for each prisoner. A jailer writes the name of each prisoner on a piece of paper and puts one in each locker (randomly, and not necessary in the locker corresponding to the name written on the paper!).

The game is the following. The prisoners are called one by one in the room with the lockers. Each of them can open 500 lockers. If a prisoner finds the locker which contains is name, the game continues meaning that he leaves the room (and leaves it is the exact same state as when it entered it, meaning that he cannot leave any hint), and the following prisoner is called. If anyone of the prisoners fails to recover his name, they all lose and get killed.

Of course they can agree before the beginning of the game on a common strategy, but after that, they cannot communicate anymore, and they cannot leave any hint to the following prisoners.

A trivial strategy where each prisoner opens 500 random lockers would lead to a winning probability of 1/2^1000. But there exists a strategy that offers a winning probability of roughly 30%.

Can you figure it out?

## Funny Student Moments #1

I was in my 8th grade math class. All year a particular student, known for being a little wacky, had been occasionally pretending to be Pikachu. Some days he would sit there working on stuff and someone would ask him a question or whatever and he’d just respond ‘Pika? Piiiika CHUU’ or any other combination. Well, one day late in the year we are working on our assignment after receiving the lecture and said kid starts making some weird noises. Starts to shake a little bit. At first I thought maybe he was starting to seize, but just as it starts to get frighteningly violent he stops still as a rock and practically shouts “RAICHU!!!’ After a couple seconds of stunned silence, our teacher simply shakes his head and says, ‘Derrick, principles office, now.’

TL;DR – kid evolved from pikachu to raichu in the middle of class

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## Top Ten Things That Math and Sex Have in Common

Math and sex have a lot of things in common, even if most girls would tell you differently, but here are just the top 10:

10. Explicit discussions of either topic is a faux pas at most cocktail parties.
9. Historically, men have been in control, but there are now efforts to get women more involved.
8. There are many joint results.
7. Both are prominent on college campuses, and are usually practiced indoors.
6. Most people wish they knew more about both subjects.
5. Both involve long and hard problems, and can produce interesting topology and geometry.
4. Both merit undivided attention, but mathematicians are prone to think about one while doing the other.

## Math Counts 2011 National Competition Countdown Round

If you missed the Math Counts 2011 National Competition Countdown Round you can still watch it here.

You probably work with numbers every day, sometimes without even realizing it. Did you know that even the first few numbers have something special behind them? Check out these cool facts about 0, 1, and 2.

# 0

is a separate and special entity called ‘Identity element’. 0 is actually the identity element under addition for the real numbers, since if a is any real number, a + 0 = 0 + a = a. Mathematicians refers to 0 as the additive identity (or better said, the reflexive identity of addition).

is considered to be a purely imaginary number: 0 is the only complex number which is both real and purely imaginary.

identifies the concept of “almost” impossible in probability. More generally, the concept of almost nowhere in measure theory.

0 = n / ∞

0 = loga1
a0 = 1, only when a doesn’t equal 0.

By convention, you cannot divide any number by zero.
In theory, zero multiplied by infinity is undetermined (as is zero divided by zero).

It is the only integer (actually, the only real number) that is neither negative nor positive. The question whether ‘zero’ is odd or even seems to be totally subjective!

# 1

is a separate and special entity called ‘Unity’ or ‘Identity element’. 1 is actually the identity element under multiplication for the real numbers, since a x 1 = 1 x a = a. Mathematicians refers to 1 as the multiplicative identity (or better said, the reflexive identity of multiplication).

is NOT prime! Primes or prime numbers can be poetically described as the ‘atoms’ of mathematics – the building blocks of the world of numbers. But, mathematically speaking: “a prime number is a positive integer with exactly TWO positive divisors: 1 and itself”. Modern textbooks consider 1 neither prime nor composite, whereas older texts generally asserted the contrary. In 1859, Henri Lebesgue stated explicitly that 1 is prime in “Exercices d’analyse numérique”. It is also prime in “Primary Elements of Algebra for Common Schools and Academies” (1866) by Joseph Ray, and in “Standard Arithmetic” (1892) by William J. Milne. A list of primes to 10,006,721 published in 1914 by Derrick N. Lehmer includes 1 (“List of prime numbers from 1 to 10,006,721″, Carnegie Institution of Washington).

is the only real solution of the equation x3 + 3x – 4 = 0

# 2

is the only even prime.
there are no integers x, y, and z for which xn + yn = zn is valid, when n is greater than 2

is the smallest prime that can grow 7 times by the right:
2 is prime,
29 is prime,
293 is prime,
2939 is prime,
29399 is prime,
293999 is prime,
2939999 is prime.
29399999 is prime.