## Pythagoras Day

It may be nine days until Christmas, but today is the day to celebrate this December. It’s Pythagoras Day: 16/12/20 Why? Well 162 + 122 = 202 and A Pythagorean triple is a set of 3 integers (whole numbers) a, b & c such that: a2 + b2 = c2 And its nearly five years until […]

## Unprecedented yes, but unlikely?

“We live in unprecedented times” is, perhaps, a somewhat overused phrase of the last six months, but yesterday it was apt as the unprecedented happened. In their match against Manchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion hit the woodwork* 5 times in the game. This (one team hitting the woodwork 5 times) has never happened before […]

## Rice (& Jeff Bezos’ Billions)

In several of my recent posts, I’ve looked at some unusual units for measuring volume, area and mass, so I was delighted to stumble across these two short videos that illustrate BIG numbers using rice, and thinking about money, and Jeff Bezos’ billions in particular. They won’t take long to watch, but illustrate the point […]

## Wales, Boulders and car parking spaces

In a couple of recent blog posts I have written about unconventional units – such as boulders to measure mass or volume,  and football pitches and Wales to measure area. I’m delighted to report another use of an unconventional measure, and this time from the esteemed body that is the  Office for National Statistics. In […]

## Whimsical and self-deprecating

Forgive me for being a little self-indulgent today. I am very chuffed and rather proud to have been featured in Mr Barton’s Podcast, as one of three recommended websites or blogs by his interviewee Rob Eastaway. Many you will know of Rob Eastaway, but for those of you who don’t, he is an author and […]