Nerd Dear Science Issues Fatwa, Claims Dominance over Nerd Category
posted by July 29 at 11:28 AMon
Dear Science Issues Fatwa, Claims Dominance over Nerd Category by Frank Hardy SEATTLE (AP) - Dear Science, otherwise known as Jonathan Golob, issued a Fatwa today, claiming divine providence over the “Nerd” category of SLOG. “For far too long, lesser clods have claimed rights to the divine and most holy Nerd category, polluting our hallowed space with all manner of tripe,” declared Science in an address to adoring crowds. “Our holy battle begins now! Let my rivals attempt to out-nerd me.”
So begins my opening salvo:
All metric paper sizes have a width to length ratio of 1 to √2.
Why is this nifty? Well, lets start cutting the paper in half, always along the long side.
If we start with a sheet that is √2 on the long size and 1 on the short, each half will be 1 by √2/2.
Hmmm. Algebra time!
1 : √2/2.
If we multiply both sides of the ratio by √2.
1 * √2 : √2/2*√2
We get the ratio √2 : 1 again!
With metric paper, the ratio of length to width stays the same every time you cut the paper in half! So, each size up is just the combination of the two sizes below.
Way nicer than Letter and Legal. If you cut a sheet of letter paper (ratio of 1:1.3) in half, each half will be 1 : 1.5. Total suck!
Adhere to ISO 216 or perish.
Jonah, Sam and Paul, the Fatwa has been issued. Algebra, metrics, ISO standards and paper—beat this, and you’ll probably capture the glorious title of nerdiest slogger.