This math problem is a limerick when said out loud. (Don’t worry, here’s the translation…)

July 23, 2014 | 1 comment

Here’s a little something for the nerds (of both the mathematical and literary variety)…

In 1948, wordplay master and recreational mathematician Leigh Mercer published this equation in Notes and Queries…

Math Limerick

Read in the right way, it follows almost all the rules of a limerick — an AABBA rhyme scheme with the third and fourth lines shorter than the others. I say almost all the rules, because the foremost limerick scholar maintained that the true limerick is always obscene, which this one is not. Sorry.

So, can you read it?

If not, here’s the written translation…

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

Kayakers lifted out of the ocean by huge whales struggle to stay upright, absolutely love it

July 23, 2014 | No comments

Paddling through the waters of Golfo Nuevo off the Atlantic Ocean in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, a kayaking duo was excited to see a pod of massive southern right whales. As they paddled closer to the giant creatures, the whales turned towards the kayakers and their encounter got a lot more intimate than they’d anticipated…

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Mother giraffe bravely fends off a pride of lions, saving her newborn calf

July 22, 2014 | No comments

For nearly half an hour, visitors to Kenya’s Olare Motorogi Conservancy Kicheche Bush Camp witnessed an incredible face-off between a pride of young lions and a mother giraffe protecting her newborn calf. The lions saw dinner in the weak calf, who was just days old, but were eventually forced to look elsewhere for a meal as the mother held her ground.

This minute-long video highlights several moments from the tense stand-off…

(via Twisted Sifter)

The scariest amusement park “ride” ever is a literal 100-foot free fall

July 22, 2014 | 1 comment

You’ve ridden scary rides before with their twists, and loops, and breakneck pace. But you’ve never ridden anything like the Sky Tower at Denmark’s Tivoli Friheden park.

It doesn’t twist or loop, and it only gets up to about 55 miles per hour, which is fast but nothing compared to many other rides out there. So what makes it the scariest ride?

Perhaps the fact that it isn’t even really a ride. Nothing is carrying you, so you aren’t riding anything, technically speaking.

You’re just falling. No seat or straps or buckles or cords or any other safety device controlling your descent. Until the net that catches you at the bottom, of course.

All very safe, I’m sure. But insane…

(via VVV)

Homeless people each share one thing about themselves that will surprise you

July 22, 2014 | 1 comment

For a simple but profound project, Rethink Homelessness invited several of Orlando’s homeless residents to tell the rest of us one fact from their lives that, if we walked past them, we would never expect. As you can imagine, the results are poignantly humanizing…

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5-year-old with terminal cancer just wants mail. Let’s overflow his P.O. box…

July 21, 2014 | 21 comments

Danny Nickerson is 5 years old, but not for long. He’s very excited to become a big 6-year-old this Friday. As happy as this birthday will be, however, it will be hard, too.

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Danny has a virtually unbeatable cancer. Doctors have told his family that less than 10 percent of kids diagnosed with his type live longer than 18 months.

So the upcoming celebration will be an emotional day filled with far more highs and lows than a typical 6-year-old’s birthday. And what is he hoping to get for this extraordinary birthday?

Cards.

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