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Thia is just for fun. I love these things. There are thirty-one questions in which you have 8 seconds to answer. No fair taking it twice.

I'm not giving my results because I don't wish to set up a competition here. It's just plain fun. First person to give results is a boor.

Try it.


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I don't want to be a boor, but I was pleased with my result. The test is kind of fun, but also it puts the pressure on.
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The first question was about distance across the USA in miles. Hardly a test of intelligence. Unless you're an American raised on the imperial system. How many of you could estimate the distance from Calgary to Toronto in kilometers?

Bah.
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The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I can estimate anything.
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Without doing any math, I'd estimate it would be about 3500 kilometers from calgary to toronto
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On 2014-01-19 15:27, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
The first question was about distance across the USA in miles. Hardly a test of intelligence. Unless you're an American raised on the imperial system. How many of you could estimate the distance from Calgary to Toronto in kilometers?

Bah.

Anyone who knows Fibonacci numbers! Y'know, the sequence that begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89.... (In general, the next term is the sum of the previous two terms, starting at 1, 1.) Long story short, a good estimate for converting between miles and kilometers is move to the adjacent Fibonacci number. (You have to know that a mile is longer than a kilometer, to know which direction to go.) For example, 13 miles is roughly 21 kilometers (or more exactly, 20.92 km). The approximation improves for larger numbers; 2 miles is 3.2 km.

Long story a little less short: the miles-to-kilometers conversion factor is approximately 1.61. Coincidentally, this is pretty close to the "golden mean," which is approximately 1.62. Not-so-coincidentally, the ratio of consecutive terms of the Fibonacci sequence approaches the golden mean.

So, for example, if you wanted to estimate 3500 km in miles, 3500 is a little more than 3400. So that's a little more than 2100 miles.

Granted, the utility of this observation depends on how well one knows Fibonacci numbers. But doesn't everyone know Fibonacci numbers up to 89? Smile
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On 2014-01-19 15:48, Cliffg37 wrote:
Without doing any math, I'd estimate it would be about 3500 kilometers from calgary to toronto


Remarkable. Did you do any googling?
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On 2014-01-19 15:27, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
The first question was about distance across the USA in miles. Hardly a test of intelligence. Unless you're an American raised on the imperial system. How many of you could estimate the distance from Calgary to Toronto in kilometers?

Bah.

So? Put up a Canadian test! Smile

It's for fun man! Jeez.
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On 2014-01-19 15:15, Cliffg37 wrote:
I don't want to be a boor, but I was pleased with my result. The test is kind of fun, but also it puts the pressure on.


That's not being a boor Cliff! I waa pleased with mine too. It's just a fun test, well, for most of us anyway. Smile
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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On 2014-01-19 20:13, Bob1Dog wrote:
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On 2014-01-19 15:27, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
The first question was about distance across the USA in miles. Hardly a test of intelligence. Unless you're an American raised on the imperial system. How many of you could estimate the distance from Calgary to Toronto in kilometers?

Bah.

So? Put up a Canadian test! Smile

It's for fun man! Jeez.


I've tried. Nobody wants to play.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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Well I can tell you, I'm getting smarter.

By the third or forth time I'm looking pretty good.

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On 2014-01-20 02:44, Mary Mowder wrote:
Well I can tell you, I'm getting smarter.

By the third or forth time I'm looking pretty good.

-Mary Mowder


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On 2014-01-19 15:27, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
The first question was about distance across the USA in miles. Hardly a test of intelligence. Unless you're an American raised on the imperial system. How many of you could estimate the distance from Calgary to Toronto in kilometers?

Bah.

Anyone who knows Fibonacci numbers! Y'know, the sequence that begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89.... (In general, the next term is the sum of the previous two terms, starting at 1, 1.) Long story short, a good estimate for converting between miles and kilometers is move to the adjacent Fibonacci number. (You have to know that a mile is longer than a kilometer, to know which direction to go.) For example, 13 miles is roughly 21 kilometers (or more exactly, 20.92 km). The approximation improves for larger numbers; 2 miles is 3.2 km.

Long story a little less short: the miles-to-kilometers conversion factor is approximately 1.61. Coincidentally, this is pretty close to the "golden mean," which is approximately 1.62. Not-so-coincidentally, the ratio of consecutive terms of the Fibonacci sequence approaches the golden mean.

So, for example, if you wanted to estimate 3500 km in miles, 3500 is a little more than 3400. So that's a little more than 2100 miles.

Granted, the utility of this observation depends on how well one knows Fibonacci numbers. But doesn't everyone know Fibonacci numbers up to 89? Smile

Wow, very cool. I knew the conversion ration for miles to km, and knew that the Fibonacci ratio was phi, but I never put the two together. My usual mental method was double and subtract twice a tenth of the result. From km to miles, half plus a quarter of the result is fairly easy as well. But next time I see a road sign in Canada that posts a limit of 4181 km/hr I'll immediately know, oh, I shouldn't be doing more than 2584 m/hr. Smile
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Am I smart because I know things like the band "A Chemical Test" or what the names of the different cars are on the market?

I don't find the test fun, but stupid. That's what makes me smart.
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Maybe you and Magnus should post a couple of your own fun things then. Smile
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One of the funniest songs ever recorded! Well, except maybe for Napoleon XIV's "They're coming to take me away"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

My neighbor rang my doorbell at 2:30 a.m. this morning, can you believe that, 2:30 a.m.!? Lucky for him I was still up playing my drums.
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On 2014-01-19 00:45, Bob1Dog wrote:
Thia is just for fun. I love these things. There are thirty-one questions in which you have 8 seconds to answer. No fair taking it twice.

I'm not giving my results because I don't wish to set up a competition here. It's just plain fun. First person to give results is a boor.

Try it.


http://www.flashbynight.com/test/

I'll wager that no one got a perfect score of 31 o matter how many times they take the test. Smile

And just to clarify, it's 8 seconds for each question. Don't start off like I did and try to answer them all in 8 seconds. Smile

Bazinga!
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