‘Daily Math’

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What’s the Password?

March 4, 2012 5:24 pm


According to SpiderLabs, the most common login password out there is “Password1.” Around 5% of business computers use some variation of “password”, with Password1 the favorite: it has a capital letter, a number, and more than 8 characters. But since it’s so common, it’s just begging to be hacked.  Their advice: if your password has “password” in it, change it!

So what’s a kid to do who wants a top-secret uncrackable code? The longer your code, the more possibilities, and the less chance you’ll be hacked.

McNuggets, Revisited

March 3, 2012 5:24 pm


We just learned of a survey of “The Top 10 Jobs That Make the World a Worse Place.”  What job title agreed the most with that statement?  Sure, 4.9% of senior attorneys, 5.8% of bartenders…but a whopping 42% of fast-food workers!  Kinda makes you not want to eat there…

So if half of them quit, what would happen to the flow of Chicken McNuggets?

Piece of Cake

March 1, 2012 4:30 pm


There are few things in this world yummier than Entenmann’s All Butter French Crumb Cake.  Soulful, textured crumbs, paired with pound cake as buttery as Callista Gingrich’s hair.  For something that isn’t chocolate, it’s as good as it gets.

The only question is, who gets the biggest piece?  It all depends how you slice it.

Leap Day

February 29, 2012 4:30 pm


It’s Leap Day, that day when we all feel sorry for people born on Feb. 29, when in fact those people are totally partying right now.  And remember, when they’re 76, they can say they’re only 19.  There’s nothing like getting carded as a septuagenarian.

So how many leap days have we all survived?  Let’s find out.

Life, Sized

February 28, 2012 5:00 pm


We all have days where we just feel old.  It isn’t going to get better, either.  And now Northwestern Mutual is really stirring up trouble: according to mathtivist Talie B, they have a test that sizes you up – how you eat, how you drive, etc. – and then tells you how long you’re going to live.  Geez…is that something we want to know? or is this one of those ignorance-is-bliss things?


But while we’re all denying getting old, our kids want to feel old – the bigger the better! So they love to make the numbers rack up.

Linsanity! By the Numbers

February 27, 2012 1:45 pm


In a society that loves the underdog, it’s easy to see why everyone’s excited about Jeremy Lin. He has every piece of the perfect movie script: rags to riches, smarts meets sports (went to Harvard), narrow escape (was nearly cut from his third team), and rescue (saved the Knicks). Talk about making your mother proud!

So how does it add up for Jeremy game by game?  Let’s do the math.

An Historical (Mc)Nugget

February 24, 2012 1:45 pm


Chicken McNuggets may have almost zero nutritional value, but who knew they could be educational?  A Nebraska woman is auctioning off on eBay a McNugget she got that looks like George Washington in profile.  What do you think?  Check out the photo above and decide for yourself.  As of yesterday it was going for $356, if you’d like to bid – with the caveat that the thing is already three years old.  There’s a big chance of buyer’s remorse here, but hopefully the winner won’t chicken out.