Simpson's Law
Started by Memnoch, 19th June 2019 19:59 in The Boring Bin

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    Just seen an episode of the Simpsons in which Homer states:

    "The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side."
    Someone in the toilet cubicle corrects him and says it's a right triangle.

    Obviously they're both wrong because any two sides of any triangle add up to more than the other side, although what Homer said sounds like Pythagoras except he said square roots instead of squares and it was the wrong kind of triangle. The character in the cubicle also missed that it should have been squares not square roots.

    But I'm wondering... did the writer also get Pythagoras wrong, i.e. does the writer agree with the character in the cubicle, or is the writer just nerd-hunting?

    Then I thought about the algebraic expression of what Homer said: √a + √b = √c
    The simplest whole number solution is 1, 4, 9 which features in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or there's 9, 16, 49. Or 25, 36, 121. Whatever you like, there are infinitely many solutions, it just doesn't have anything to do with triangles.
    Or does it? It certainly doesn't work in a flat plane nor on a sphere, but is there some geometry in which it does work, or is there a physical object or process that satisfies the equation (apart from the Monolith alluded to above)?

    The Simpsons often makes vague cultural references and allusions, and I can't help thinking there must be some reason why that specific mistake was written in, some 'in' joke that I've missed?
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    Do you really pay so much attention to a lousy american cartoon ?
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    Do you really pay so much attention to a lousy american cartoon ?
    Not particularly, but I'm attuned to that kind of statement. I would have noticed it whatever the context.
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    That's OK then - I was worried

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    The Simpsons often makes vague cultural references and allusions, and I can't help thinking there must be some reason why that specific mistake was written in, some 'in' joke that I've missed?
    There is a reason, but it's a movie reference, not a maths reference. "Homer's Law" is the same as that stated by the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz when he gets his "diploma".

    Please note that any abuse in this post is both intentional and deserved.

    Anyone that feels the need to further point out that it contains abuse is clearly a total fucking moron who's also insulting YOUR intelligence by pointing out the bleeding obvious as if you were too fucking dumb to notice it.

    This has been a public service announcement by Fork Me. Have a nice fucking day.

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    It proves that just because of having a Diploma does not mean anything about how Smart or Wise you are.


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    It proves that just because of having a Diploma does not mean anything about how Smart or Wise you are.


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    It's fiction, it proves no such thing.

    YOUR post, however, proves that you are a total fucking moron.

    (Abuse intended, anyone that feels the need to point out it's there is ALSO a total fucking moron)
    Please note that any abuse in this post is both intentional and deserved.

    Anyone that feels the need to further point out that it contains abuse is clearly a total fucking moron who's also insulting YOUR intelligence by pointing out the bleeding obvious as if you were too fucking dumb to notice it.

    This has been a public service announcement by Fork Me. Have a nice fucking day.

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    Fork Me
    It's fiction, it proves no such thing.

    YOUR post, however, proves that you are a total fucking moron.

    (Abuse intended, anyone that feels the need to point out it's there is ALSO a total fucking moron)
    Lol.

 


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