People sometimes say that “there are no stupid questions”. I disagree.
If the question admits only stupid answers, I think that's pretty
strong evidence that it was a stupid question.
A hapless loser on Math Stack Exchange asks:
What is the minimum number of people in a single room so that it can be said “There are two people in this room with birthday in January ”?
Possible answers include:
There is no minimum, because the room might contain any number of people,
all of whom were born in November, and no others.
The minimum is 2, if both were born in January.
The minimum is 0, because you can say whatever you like, regardless of who is in the room.
One often hears the factoid that
In a year, the averge person swallows eight spiders in their sleep.
Of course, this is nonsense. The correct statistic is eight spiders per minute.
Today Twitter has drawn my attention to
#คั่นกูEP11, which they claim
has appeared in 496,000 tweets. This seems to concern episode 11 of
a Thai TV series
I hadn't heard of before.
I like these Twitter trending hashtags because they remind me how big the world is
and how small my little corner is compared with it.
- Just as the umlaut mark was originally a tiny ‘e’ written above the
vowel, and the Spanish ‘ñ’ was originally an ‘n’ with another ‘n’ above
it, there's also a Greek diacritical
mark which is a tiny iota written
below a vowel.