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Knowing that a given container holds 16 is fairly meaningless.
Let’s play a game. We’ll each name three consecutive outcomes of a coin toss (for example, tails-heads-heads, or THH). Then we’ll flip a coin repeatedly until one of our chosen runs appears.
Stormy Weather Take an ordinary magic square and imagine that the number in each cell denotes its altitude above some common underlying plane. And now suppose that it begins to rain, with an equal amount of water falling onto each cell.
Probabilities in the Game of Monopoly® Table of Contents I recently saw an article in Scientific American (the April 1996 issue with additional information in the August 1996 and April 1997 issues) that discussed the probabilities of landing on the various squares in the game of Monopoly®. They used a simplified model of the game without considering the effects of the Chance and Community Chest cards or of the various ways of being sent to jail. I was intrigued enough with this problem that I started working on trying to find the probabilities for landing on the different squares with all of the rules taken into account.
Folding Paper in Half 12 Times: The story of an impossible challenge solved at the Historical Society office Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. Through the Looking Glass by L. Carroll The long standing challenge was that a single piece of paper, no matter the size, cannot be folded in half more than 7 or 8 times.