# Category: Mathematics

## The Ones and Twos of Going Number 1 and Number 2

Did you ever complain while doing your math homework and ask, “Why do I need to learn this?” Probably someone responded by telling you that no matter what you choose to do […]

## Work Out and Lose Weight By Mouse Clicking

If your lifestyle finds you seated in front of your computer for most of the day, that’s no reason to give up the quest for physical fitness. You can turn everyday activities […]

## Will You Choose Door #1 or Door #2? Understanding the Monty Hall Problem

The television game show Let’s Make a Deal hit the airwaves in 1962. One of the most popular features of the program involved the host, Monty Hall, giving the contestant the option […]

## Can You Decode The Message Designed to Tell Aliens All About Humanity?

Assuming you are a person of reasonable intelligence, (actually, since you are a reader of Commonplace Fun Facts, we assume you are a person of extraordinary intelligence), what would you make of […]

Who hasn’t wished to have a better memory? Whether you struggle with recalling the names of people whom you just met, have difficulty with how many “c”s and “m”s to include in […]

## Dreams So Powerful That They Shaped History

Scientists, philosophers, and theologians have long pondered and theorized about dreams. What are they? What causes them? What purpose do they serve? The debates about dreams continue, but one thing is certain: […]

## Pizza: The Mathematically Perfect Food

It goes without saying that pizza is the perfect food for almost every occasion. Did you know it is even the perfect food for math class? The formula for determining the volume […]

## Can You Find the Missing Dollar?

Three guests check into a hotel room. The manager says the bill is \$30, so each guest pays \$10. Later the manager realizes the bill should only have been \$25. To rectify […]

## The World’s Most Complex Game is Too Complicated for a Computer

If you are one of those people who have difficulty remembering the rules for games, you may wish to avoid Magic. It has been classified as the most complex game in existence. […]

## Make \$1 Million With Math

If you are good at math and you could use a few extra bucks, you should consider putting your skills toward the Millenium Prize Problems. On May 24, 2000, the Clay Mathematics […]

## Learn How Two Grandparents Hacked the Lottery and Made Millions

Despite all the advertisements telling us about the lavish lifestyle that comes to the winners of the lottery, most of us know that buying lottery tickets is just a less efficient means […]

## Piercing the Penguin Poop Projectile Predicament

If we at Commonplace ever find ourselves at a loss for something to write about, the Ig Nobel prizes are sure to be a goldmine of inspiration. One of the 2005 laureates […]

## Can You Master the Complexity of the Malbolge Computer Language?

When it comes to complicated things, you will be hard-pressed to find anything that is worse than Malbolge. It takes the complexity of computer programming, the nuances of foreign languages, and mixes […]

## The Most Expensive Hyphen In History

It has been called the most expensive hyphen in history. That is a bit of a misstatement. It was actually the most expensive overbar in history, but since most of us have […]

## The Indiana Pi Bill and the Attempt to Redefine Mathematics Through Legislative Fiat

Do you remember when you first learned of the concept of π? Have mathematics always been at least a little bit difficult for you? Haven’t you wished you could just pass a […]