There are 318 Billion Possible Positions. There are 400 different possible positions after one move each(20 moves are possible for each player in the first move). There are 72,084 different possible positions after two moves each. There are over 9 million different possible positions after three moves each. There are over 318 billion different possible positions after four moves each. There are 169,518,829,100 ,544,000,000,000,000,000 (approximately 1.70 x 10^29) ways to play the first 10 moves of a game of chess. Some interesting chess facts The longest game of chess that is theoretically possible is 5,949 moves Longest chess game ever was Ivan Nikolic vs GoranRead More →

Mean distance from the Earth is about 384,000 km, or about 3.84 x 10^12 pages away. So you’d expect that you’ll need an awful lot of foldings to get there, right? Well, hang on for a second. When I start with an unfolded page (zero foldings), it’s one page thick. When I fold a page once, it will be 2 pages thick. But — and this is key — when I fold it twice on itself, it’s not three, but 4 pages thick. If I fold it a third time, I’ll see that it’s 8 pages thick. Can you see a pattern here? Paper foldingRead More →

About 6 percent of everything you say and read and write is THE . About one out of every 16 words we encounter on a daily basis is “the.” The top 20 most common English words in order are “the,” “of,” “and,” “to,” “a,” “in,” “is,” “I,” “that,” “it,” “for,” “you,””was,” “with,” “on,” “as,” “have,” “but,” “be,” “they.” You see, whether the most commonly used words are ranked across an entire language, or in just one book or article, almost every time a bizarre pattern emerges. The second most used word will appear about half as often as the most used. The third one thirdRead More →