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**helios****Member**- Registered: 2007-01-30
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This is not new, but it still may be unfamiliar to some. It was told that Albert Einstein had a formula for everything. A couple of his students decided to come up with something they thought would be impossible for him to make a formula for and prove he had limitations. So one day after a class they approached him at his desk in front of the classroom. Professor Einstein, they said, can you tell us the formula for a sniff? He thought for a minute, then stood up, and said, sure. He took a piece of chalk and to their amazement began writing confidently on the blackboard. This is what he wrote: 8L + 2 dots, + 2 triangles + 2 rectangles + 8L = 1 sniff. Can anyone decipher Einstein's formula?

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**Toast****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-10-08
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What's a sniff?

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Toast wrote:

What's a sniff?

One third of a snort.

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

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**soha****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-07-07
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whats snort

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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soha wrote:

whats snort

One third of a sneeze.

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**luca-deltodesco****Member**- Registered: 2006-05-05
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lol mathsisfun

The Beginning Of All Things To End.

The End Of All Things To Come.

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**power man****Member**- Registered: 2006-12-26
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lol

I hate people who hate people.

most people make mistakes, butt not me!

why is it when you are writing something important you run out of spa

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**soha****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-07-07
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This Joke Is Not Understandable For Me

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Sorry, soha, I moved away from the original topic

A sniff is when you breathe quickly in through your nose (or the sound that makes). You sniff when you want to smell something, or when you have a cold.

A snort is a rough noise made with your nose. Pigs snort for example.

But to get back on topic ... can anyone solve helios' puzzle?

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

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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The only bit of it that I can decipher is that the two dots might mean nostrils.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**Didi Martin****Member**- Registered: 2014-07-03
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The mathematical formula as noted above is slightly in error. I have written the formula many times to entertain friends. It is:

2 rectangles + 2 o's + 2 triangles + 2C / 8L -or-

2 rectangles + 2 o's + 2 triangles + 2C

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8L

I guess I'll have to create a graphic for it. It's fun...

8-)

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Yes please do!

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**pazzle****Member**- Registered: 2015-01-24
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lol =>

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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mathsyperson wrote:

The only bit of it that I can decipher is that the two dots might mean nostrils.

So, "triangle" means "nose"? And since there are two triangles then they have two noses?

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**Solvitur ambulando****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-06
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My answer

Monox, you were getting warm!

*Last edited by Solvitur ambulando (2016-01-09 14:33:03)*

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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How did you know that? It doesn't seem to be a popular riddle.

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**Solvitur ambulando****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-06
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I figured it out but I can't remember how exactly. I thought about it for some time and considered the various ways in which the formula could be interpreted.

More info

*Last edited by Solvitur ambulando (2016-01-09 14:35:53)*

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