A nice collection of math mistakes that appear in movies and on tv:
I just learned (from your post “5 interesting math facts from Futility Closet”) that the sum of the numbers of a roulette wheel are 666.. I had no idea of this 666 fact when I designed this week’s math comic… (“Roulette from Hell” has 2 outcomes: 7 and 666)… what are the odds?!!?
Thanks to LanceAF for this submission!
Just listen to how the New York Mayor describes the even numbers and the number 0 in his speech about fuel rationing. Its at about 50 – 55 seconds into this clip from the BBc news site
Thanks to Greg Bradley – BBC News for this submission!
Twan Basten has neat conversion of what various quotes in publications actually mean:
“It has been long known”… I didn’t look up the original reference.
“A definite trend is evident”… These data are practically meaningless.
“While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the questions”… An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to get it published.
“Three of the samples where chosen for detailed study”… The other results didn’t make any sense.
“Typical results are shown”… This is the prettiest graph.
“These results will be in a subsequent report”… I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.
“In my experience”… Once
“In case after case”… Twice
“In a series of cases”… Thrice
“It is believed that”… I think.”
Check out his website for more: http://www.es.ele.tue.nl/~tbasten/fun/paper_interpretation.html
Submitted by: Anonymous
Always read the fine print!
Thanks to Jason Cetron for this submission!