Source: xkcd: To Taste
xkcd on Glass Half Empty
Read on and you’ll know:
The lesson: If the optimist says the glass is half full, and the pessimist says the glass is half empty, the physicist ducks.
via Glass Half Empty.
Soul Mates, DTPH & Statistics
Going by the numbers on the What-if blog, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit sure had it easy in Dil To Pagal Hai:
The odds of running into your soul mate are incredibly small. The number of strangers we make eye contact with each day is hard to estimate. It can vary from almost none (shut-ins or people in small towns) to many thousands (a police officer in Times Square). Let’s suppose you lock eyes with an average of a few dozen new strangers each day. (I’m pretty introverted, so for me that’s definitely a generous estimate.) If 10% of them are close to your age, that’s around 50,000 people in a lifetime. Given that you have 500,000,000 potential soul mates, it means you’ll only find true love in one lifetime out of ten thousand.
Running the red light due the Doppler Effect
Q: How fast would you have to go in your car to run a red light claiming that it appeared green to you due to the Doppler Effect?
A: Around 1/6 the speed of light
A couple more interesting Physics questions in there. Wonder whether they’ve been featured in the engineering entrance exams.
via xkcd what if: Short Answer Section.
XKCD Time – Browse at your own pace
In case you were wondering where XKCD 1190 – Time was coming from or leading to, use this tool to view the story so far – XKCD Time – at your own pace.
Just the way Google Chrome’s private browsing can’t help your isolate yourself from someone looking over your shoulders I guess.
via xkcd: Authorization.