One Huge Pi 

Can you think of better ways to spend your time?!?

Philadelphia Man Memorizes Pi to 12,887 digits


Associated Press

UPPER DARBY, Pa., Jan. 24 For the math-challenged, remembering pi equals 3.14 is tough; now a Pennsylvania man has memorized pi to 12,887 digits.

Mark Umile, 40, a fling clerk from Upper Darby, figured the problem by hand, writing down the results 1,000 digits at a time -- and then memorized the number, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

I was really proud of him that he did it, his wife, Maryann, said. I can't remember a phone number.The world record for figuring pi is 67,890 digits and was set in China, but Umile's feat eclipsed the old North American record of 10,980., the Inquirer said. Umile, however, does hold the record for memorizing 905 digits of the mathematical constant e and the first 5,544 digits of the square root of two, the Inquirer said.


Source: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/23439.html
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Hungry Snake 

Huge python makes a meal of 11 guard dogs


Reuters Life!
Fri Jan 26, 9:58 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Reuters Life!) - Guard dogs protecting a fruit orchard in Malaysia have met their match -- a 7.1-metre-long (23-ft-long) python that swallowed at least 11 hounds before it was finally discovered by villagers.

"I was shocked to see such a huge python," orchard-keeper Ali Yusof told the New Straits Times in an article published beneath a picture of the captured snake, which was almost long enough to span the width of a tennis court and as thick as a tree trunk.

Villagers did not harm the snake, which was tied to a tree then handed to wildlife officials, the paper said on Friday.


Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070126/od_ ... _python_dc


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Back to the Slammer 

Criminals --- smart? Nope, not this one...

Delayed convict steals car to get back to jail


Reuters Life!
Fri Jan 26, 9:56 AM ET

DUBLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters Life!) - An Irish convict who stole a car to get back to prison after missing a weekend release deadline has been given a six month suspended jail sentence.

Trevor Doyle, 25, grabbed the vehicle after falling asleep on a bus and overshooting his stop near Shelton Abbey open prison in Arklow on Ireland's southeast coast, Wexford district court officials said Thursday.

The court, which would not reveal the man's prior conviction, also fined him 300 euros ($390) for failing to submit to a breathalyzer test.


Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070126/od_ ... d_thief_dc
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In a hurry to get ... busted 

Here's yet another genius! :tongue:

Indiana Police Clock Teen at 142 Mph


The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 12, 2006; 10:58 PM

VALPARAISO, Ind. -- A teenager charged with driving 142 mph along a four-lane divided highway said he was speeding home so his parents wouldn't be mad at him for being late, police said.

Brandon D. Raap, 16, faces speeding and misdemeanor reckless driving charges and could have his license suspended, police said. ...

Raap told police he was late getting home and didn't want his parents to be angry, Deputy John Brubaker said in his report. Raap told Brubaker he didn't have a curfew but is usually home by midnight.


Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 27_pf.html
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Impatience May Lead to Court 

This one made me laugh pretty good. What a dumb woman!

Store manager assaulted with potatoes


The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 13, 2006; 4:50 PM

LIBERTY, Ohio - A grocery store manager was struck in the head with a 10-pound sack of potatoes by a customer angry about having to wait in line, police say. Police in Liberty, near Youngstown in northeast Ohio, say a 59-year-old woman from Youngstown is suspected in the attack.

Scott Renzenbrink, 45, told police a clerk having problems with a customer called him to the register. The customer told him she was upset about the wait and struck the manager in the back of head with the potatoes when he was walking away after the conversation, according to police.

A witness followed the woman out to the parking lot and took down her license plate number.

Renzenbrink, who was not seriously hurt in the attack last Thursday, identified the woman by a Bureau of Motor Vehicles photo. He may file assault charges.


Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2 ... SFeeds0312
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