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  1. Two things. Firstly, my spelling was incorrect - Ramanujan was the mathematician. Secondly, the link below explains how the bizarre equality can be obtained quite easily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-I6XTVZXww
  2. If it's witchcraft you're after, how about considering the fact that the sum of all positive integers from one to infinity is equal to -1/12. This was shown by the famous Indian mathematician Ramanjuan a century ago. It can also be obtained by plugging n=-1 into the Riemann zeta function. If I understand this function correctly, the sum of the 13th. powers of every positive integer from one to infinity is also equal to -1/12, obtained by plugging n=-13 into the zeta function.
  3. Is that bloke incredibly smart or incredibly stupid? On balance, it's probably the latter. Anyone who believes that a hard-drive thrown away 7 years ago could be retrieved from a tip and be made to work properly again must be one bit short of a byte.
  4. It was good to see Harry Kane discouraging his team-mates from getting too close last night after he scored. Imo, the FA should immediately introduce measures against players who are still ignoring the social distancing rule during goal celebrations. Yellow cards for everyone involved would seem to me to be a step in the right direction.
  5. Maybe this is partly due to this week's news bulletins, which have showed quite a bit of footage of what it's really like inside Covid-19 hospital wards. Let's hope that the keeping apart message will soon be observed by all footballers, some of whom are still getting far too close, especially when celebrating a goal. Even if they themselves are all clear of the virus, such behaviour sends a very poor message to on-lookers.
  6. With regard to the UK leading the great European vaccine race, I made a similar point before Christmas, but got nothing but ridicule here for having made it. Sadly, today there have been 1564 further deaths, which is a record daily number.
  7. Fourth round draw? Without replays nowadays, a draw is the one result that's not possible! Thinking about the FA Cup draws generally, with a small change to the process, none of draws following the 3rd. Round draw would be necessary, if for example the entire set of ties beyond that point were determined by the order in which the 3rd. Round ties were made. Simply by having the winners of the first two ties drawn out of the hat playing each other, then the winners of that playing the winners of the next two ties drawn from the hat, and so on down the list of 32 matches, the entire pyramid of ti
  8. Were the fines quashed because the girls are good-looking? Perhaps that's also why the cops surrounded them in the first place!
  9. Captain Scarlet's enemy and Arsenal's manager.
  10. No sir. Non-leap years would end with an 8-day week and leap years would end with a 9-day week. The additional newly-named day at the end of a non-leap year would correct the calendar's one day drift in the following year, and two extra newly-named days at the end of a leap year would correct the two day drift in its following year. If these new days were bank holidays, that would be good, as would the other advantages I've already suggested. Far fewer new calendars (and diaries) would need to be printed each year, saving vast amounts of paper.
  11. My maths is perfectly correct. Every non-leap year is exactly 52 weeks plus one day in length. So if that one extra day is called Spareday (or some other new name) and added to the end of December, then the first day of each following year will always fall on the same day of the week as the previous year. (With leap years, the same will be true by adding Spareday and Leapday to the end of December.) So every day of every year will always have the same date as it did in the previous year. All this would make the calendar much simpler. In fact you'd never need to buy a new calendar, because the
  12. My reasoning for moving the leap day to the end of the year and giving February 29 days every year is partly because it evens up the month lengths somewhat and shortens the hiatus between Christmas Day and New Year's Day in non-leap years. Another idea would be to make the year 364 days long, with 'Spareday' inserted at the end of December every year, except leap years, which would have Spareday and 'Leapday' inserted. So this week would have 9 days. This system would result in Christmas occurring on the same day every year, ideally Sunday. It would also mean that everyone's birthday would be
  13. What grinds my gears is the fact that February is extended by one day in leap years, not December. (Today is the 366th. day of the year.) It's a bit like adding injury time to a football match after only 15 minutes of the game! February should have 29 days every year and December should have 30 days, except in leap years, when it should have 31.
  14. I have a theory that inner-city general practices are more sensitive to their patients' ailments than those out in the sticks. I changed from a surgery in Evington to one out in the county. The one in Evington was always extremely helpful with everything. The one I'm with now seems to require patients to be at death's door before they'll lift a finger to help. I've concluded that country folk are generally more healthy, so out-of-town surgeries set the bar for ill-health much higher.
  15. Covid-19 has screwed up everything - even positive and negative appear to have swapped meanings!
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