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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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The murderer winks at me and I suddenly fall down a pit, break my leg, get bitten by the rare vindscreen viper, spontaneously ignite, get put out, catch fire again, get pecked by numerous chickens and finally get crushed by a falling shipment of encyclopedias. Oh, buckets.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**ganesh****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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MathsIsFun wrote:

I have just had a puzzle sent to me ... it seems very easy.

... a simple note that says "Prove that 1=1"

Wellll... doesn't 1=1? but how do we PROVE it?

You have shaken the foundations of Mathematics.

If someone asxked me to do it,

I'd simply say take cube roots on both sides.

If the cube roots are equal, the numbers are equal

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi.

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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But if you take the cube roots of both sides, we still have 1=1. It gets us nowhere! The number 1 resists the cube root method! It is evil numberified! WAH!

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**ganesh****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Robert Recorde, who gave the world the '=' symbol, would be fuming!

What more do I do?

Multiply both sides by n (n ≠ 0,1), we get n=n !

n IS EQUAL TO n. How do I prove that?

Taking Log on both sides wouldn't help, because we would than get 0=0, which gives us absurd results.

When both the sides are raised to the power n, we still get 1=1 !

When both sides are divided by n, we bget 1/n = 1/n which is the same as n=n !

How about some practical methods? Draw a straight line of 1 m. Draw another of 1 m. Both of them would be exactly equal. Or, 1 hour is the same everywhere on the planet!

I give up

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi.

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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LOL !!

(Oops, I am supposed to be dead, *dies again* )

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**insomnia****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-03-23
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This is how it stands at the moment.

**Suspects** **Deceased**

Roraborealis MathsIsFun

justlookingforthemoment Mathsyperson

insomnia

ganesh

Zach

Who will be next to die?

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I think Rora because the murderer is going through the alphabet, starting at the middle.

(Just to clarify, that's who I think will die next, not who I think the murderer is.)

*Last edited by mathsyperson (2005-08-09 20:11:33)*

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**insomnia****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-03-23
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Now that you said that (unless Rora has already been e-mailed) the killer will either choose someone else, thus disproving your theory. However, the killer might kill Rora, grusomely, horribly, and loads of other words that are hard to spell when it's hot, thus proving your theory.

Or the killer might not even read this post and kill you, again. (I know you've already died, but oh well)

Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly

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**ganesh****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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A stranger offered me a bottle of coke. Coke has always been my favorite. How could I resist? Without any suspicion, I drank the entire 300 ml. Later, I started feeling dizzy and I realized I was poisoned. But it was too late. My legs were too weak to carry me and I fell dead.

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi.

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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Another down!

**Suspects** **Deceased**

Roraborealis MathsIsFun

justlookingforthemoment Mathsyperson

insomnia ganesh

Zach

The suspense is killing me! (And no, that wasn't my death.)

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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This is starting to become a repeat of the first game, and we all know how badly that one went. GUESS, SOMEBODY!

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I guess it was ... oh, rats, I'm dead already.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**insomnia****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-03-23
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I guess Justlooking. Don't know why. I have a feeling. My instincts are telling me it#s him

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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When you say "it#s him" you should say "it's her".

[This would be a good place to point out that at the time of justlooking's comment, my signature was

"I think justlookingforthemoment should get a signature."]

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Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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That's right, insomnia. Listen to mathsy. Apart from his signature.

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**insomnia****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-03-23
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Sorry, justlooking. Anyway, are you the murderer???!??!!?!?!?!?

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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If I tell you I'll have to kill you.

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**insomnia****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-03-23
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* HEY!!!! *

If someone guesses you, you have to say whether you are or not. With no cryptic clues or suggestions.

Anyway, if it was you and you told me, you couldn't kill me as the game would be over. *If* you weren't the murderer and you killed me, this game would become very complicated, as it would have several murderers.

Ok. This is confusing. JUST TELL US!!!!

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I would tell you, but dead people can normally only say one sentence at a time, and even that takes... great... eff...urk.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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Yes...it was me...!

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**insomnia****Real Member**- Registered: 2005-03-23
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YAY. I'm so good, I'm the best. Uh-uh.

Good I'm vain. Oh well, who cares? Yippe!!!

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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You're too good insomnia, just too good. So, what next?

Oh, btw... I just reset the awards. I think I got everybody.

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I think we should wait a while to give new people a chance to join up or playing people a chance to leave. At the moment the list is (I think) MathsIsFun, justlookingforthemoment, Zach, me, insomnia and ganesh. As we don't know yet if Rora's gone permanently or not, I've taken her off for now.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**Roraborealis****Member**- Registered: 2005-03-17
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I'm not gone permanently, NO WAY would I do that! But I think the best thing to do would be to take me off unless I ask to play again. I may find some un-busy days occasionly.

School is practice for the future. Practice makes perfect. But - nobody's perfect, so why practice?

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**justlookingforthemoment****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-05-26
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Yay...you're not gone for good!

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