Kids today may not be as enamored with comic strips as their parents were back in the day – it really was the golden age of comics: Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Bloom County. Some would include Garfield on this list, but that may vary depending on how you feel about cats.
There’s a reason that magicians and casinos both can fool you and take your money.
It’s all about the math. The probability. The statistics.
It’s about identifying the key common trait that everybody has, but is afraid to admit. If a magician asks you to pick a card, which card do you always pick? Do you think of one card, and then immediately switch to some other card (saying to yourself, “aha! they wanted me to pick that first card that came to my head, but I’ll show them”)…. only to find yourself at the end looking directly at the magician presenting you with The Card You Picked!?!?:!
If you’ve ever played a game of Scrabble, you probably fall into one of two categories of players: those that can always figure out a way to play a seven-letter word on a Triple Word Score (and typically win a game by more than 200 points), or you struggle determining where to place an “E” for a 2 point score.
If you fall into the latter group: don’t panic – you’re not alone. Not everybody can memorize word lists and play any Scrabble word at will.
The more things change, the more things stay the same.
That’s the case with the annual McDONALD’S MONOPOLY GAME, where hungry people all over attempt to collect a set of deed cards to fill out their Monopoly game board in an attempt to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
So we hear that you may have bought a lottery ticket or two recently, hoping to maybe win big.
Hey – it could happen. It only takes one set of numbers to win, right? And somebody’s going to win the lottery eventually – it can’t keep growing forever without a winner, as that would end up decreasing sales if customers ever figured out that nobody ever wins.
That’s why we still bother to try, because while the chances of winning the lottery drawing are practically nil, it’s still a one in millions chance of hitting… and that’s better odds than not bothering to buy a ticket in the first place.
There’s a running joke at Web Watch about one’s ability – or inability – to handle math that’s more advanced than the basic multiplication table.
We’ve counted on our fingers in public more often than we care to note, and we are often despised at the blackjack tables — not because we don’t know the rules of the game or make the incorrect strategy decisions, but rather because we slow the game down tremendously while we determine whether we should hit or stay on a 6 of clubs and an 8 of hearts vs a dealer’s up-card of 4.
Yeah, 6+8 shouldn’t be a difficult piece of math to remember, but sometimes things aren’t as easy as they look.
“How to predict winning lottery numbers?” Let’s be a bit more specific — today we’re going to talk about why it really doesn’t matter what lottery numbers you pick.
Look – winning the lottery is one of those one-in-a-billion opportunities. Sure, someone somewhere is going to hit the Powerball or Megamillions jackpots – but they’re definitely not going to be able to tell you how they did it.
But lottery fever is going to take over your family, your office. Everyone is going to want you to pitch in your dollar for a chance at the multi-million dollar prize.
If you enjoy working on Sudoku puzzles as much as Web Watch does, then this may be of interest to you.
First, let’s talk a little bit about what Sudoku is, for those Web Watch readers who may have been living under a rock for the past 10 years:
Sudoku is a puzzle that is rumored to have been created by a puzzle creator living in Indiana, seemingly around 1979. In 1984, it was published in a Japanese newspaper… and the rest, they say, is history. The puzzle typically is a 9×9 square, and the object is to put the numbers 1-9 into the boxes so each row, column and 3×3 sub-block contains all the 1-9 digits.
Approximately 12,775 – if you believe what the book says.
While there may be some Web Watch readers who will applaud Warren for coming anywhere close to even 1/4 of that number, there will be a large number of folks who will believe that Warren has completed all those conquests… and more… without question.
And that is where Web Watch can step in. Because bedding 12,775 partners seems a bit over-achieving to us.