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May 5th, 2007 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

May. 5th, 2007

03:19 am - links for 2007-05-05

Original: craschworks - comments

08:45 pm - Zing!

Via brec:

In the estimable Christopher Hitchens’s new book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, a parenthetical remark on p. 4:

In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, “no child’s behind left.”

Original: craschworks - comments

11:53 pm - The Mathematics of Sex

brec, via patrissimo, points out the following fact:

Assume that your pickup lines work 1 out of a 100 times. How many people would you have to ask out in order to have a 50% probability of getting laid?

>>> p_pickup_line_works = 0.01
>>> p_pickup_line_fails = 1 - p_pickup_line_works
>>> def get_laid(num_tries):
… return 1 - p_pickup_line_fails**num_tries

>>> get_laid(68)
0.49511411121293059
>>> get_laid(69)
0.50016297010080135

The magic number is 69!

Of course, if your date discovers how you arrived at these figures, p_pickup_line_works will probably be much less than 0.01.

p.s. To have a 95% chance of getting laid, you’d have to ask 299 people.

>>> get_laid(299)
0.95046374336233774

Original: craschworks - comments

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