I came across this amusing post on the dimensions of the World of Warcraft today (thank God for BoingBoing!). Some of the methods employed are questionable (one commenter noted that using Blink would be a *much* better way of gaging distances) but it’s good for a laugh.
The longest straight, flat line that an adult human can walk in Azeroth without being interrupted by obstacles, mobs or the Horde stretches from the eastern end of the north parapet of the bridge into Westfall, across Elwynn Forest to the southernmost of the Three Corners in Lakeshire. An adult human walking at a steady pace will cover this distance in 18 minutes and 15 seconds. Humans walk at an average speed of 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles) per hour, and therefore this route is roughly 1.7 kms (1.05 miles) long.
You are sitting before a particularly thorny conjecture. Possible proofs lead away from here in several directions. > inventory You are carrying the following items: A ream of blank paper A pencil The Cauchy-Schwarz inequality Some half-remembered undergraduate mathematics
…of the new year (in fact, first post in the last 3 months) is, of course, another great comic from xkcd:
This one had me laughing out loud this morning…