In 1938, Edward Kasner’s nine-year-old nephew, Milton Sirotta, coined the term googol, which is 10100, then proposed the further term googolplex to be “one, followed by writing zeroes until you get tired”. I propose we let 9 year olds write the next dictionary. via Googolplex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Tag Archives: great-stories
Not gonna lie – some of these made my eyes sweaty. The power of random acts of kindness. Inspires me to undertake some of my own. 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencil I went to Wikipedia looking for clarification on pencil numbering (e.g. HB, 2B, etc.) and instead found a hidden history of monopoly and international competition, featuring cameos from Faber, Cont
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6121279.ece Most of the recent press about Susan Boyle has been commentary about her performance, or the YouTube sensation it created. Her TV interviews thus far have given the impression of someone quite shy and quiet when she isn’t performing. So it’s nice to see this Times article that proves there is a gritty, personable […]
http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com/2009/04/story-of-susan-boyle.html More Susan Boyle stuff. She’s flooding the Internet (and, because of this, the traditional media too) but as far as I’m concerned, it’s 47 years of accumulated, overdue attention, plus late fees and interest. The majority of the press is focused on her looks, which grows tiresome. What I found more shocking was the […]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pazzi_Conspiracy This is a poorly-penned summary of the 15th century Pazzi Conspiracy, which aimed to overthrow Florence’s Medici family. I say poorly penned only because my old history professor told it in such stunning fashion that it sounded like the screenplay The DaVinci Code wishes it had become. It’s stories like this that turn me […]