# Tag: numbers

## Why Does Sesame Street’s Count Like to Count?

Children have been learning how to count with the help of Sesame Street’s Count von Count for nearly fifty years. The purple-skinned vampire is well named, since he derives much more pleasure […]

## 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 […]

## Could an Infinite Number of Monkeys Really Reproduce the Works of Shakespeare?

It has been said that if you give enough monkeys enough time to peck away at typewriters, they will eventually, through random chance, reproduce the works of William Shakespeare. That’s an interesting […]

## Easy as Pi… Well, As Easy as Coffee, Anyway

Want to remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) in easy way? You can do it by counting each word’s letters in “May I have a large container of coffee?”

## Make it Count

A googol is 10100 or 1, followed by 100 zeroes. In contrast, a googolplex is 10googol or 10(10100) or 1, followed by 10100 zeroes. To write out googolplex, be prepared […]

## When Quintillionaires Are Paupers

Who hasn’t heard an older person complain that a dollar just doesn’t buy what it used to? Imagine what it was like in Hungary in the immediate aftermath of World War II, […]

## Hodgepodge of Hippopotomonstrosesquipidelian Homeruns

If you are a lover of obnoxiously-long words, you already know the definition of hippopotomonstrosesquipidelian is “of or pertaining to extremely long words.” Perhaps you already know these English language monstrosities that […]

## A Billion By Any Other Name….

Depending on whether a country uses the Long Scale or the Short Scale for its numbering system, 1,000,000,000,000 will always be 1,000,000,000,000, but whether you express that number as one billion or […]

## Maybe Another Career Would Be In Order?

The top treasury official for the United Kingdom, Lord Randolph Churchill (1849-1894), while Chancellor of the Exchequer, expressed his confusion about decimal points: “I could never figure out what those damned dots […]

## Nerd Humor

The above equation can be expressed as a limerick: Integral z-squared dz from 1 to the cube root of 3 times the cosine of three pi over 9 equals log of the […]

## Who’s Counting?

What comes after a million, billion and trillion? A quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion and undecillion. Undecillion is a 1, followed by 36 zeroes. Still counting? Try novemdecillion, which is […]

## A Very Big Piece of Pi

Daniel Tammett first came to worldwide prominence on March 14th, 2004 – otherwise known as Pi Day (3/14). To raise money for an epilepsy foundation, Tammett spent five straight hours reciting the […]