Pressing Toward the Prize

People are aMAZing!!!

Posted on: November 20, 2010

I was looking through the November 2010 issue of Math Horizons, and I discovered an article by Stephen Abbott in which he interviews Corey Greenspan, the winner of this year’s memorizing \pi contest at Southern New Hampshire University. Apparently Corey memorized the first 419 digits of \pi, and he shares with Stephen Abbott how he managed such a feat. Personally, I can’t imagine doing what Corey did, but his accomplishment pales in comparison to the world records for memorizing \pi. According to the article, the official world record held by Lu Chao is 67,890 digits of \pi, with the unofficial world record being 100,000 digits as recited by Akira Haraguchi of Japan.

Not to be outdone, check out these fun videos of a young lady balancing 15 books on her head while solving a Rubik’s cube and reciting the first 100 digits of \pi. The first video is recorded in her dorm room,

and the second is of her sharing her “talent” on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Truly, I couldn’t do even one of the things she does, let alone all three at once! Like I said, people are aMAZing!!

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1 Response to "People are aMAZing!!!"

This is impressive! I thought I was good because I solved a rubik’s cube once in an hour. I served with a guy in the Air Force who could solve a rubik’s cube in less than 30 seconds. The fastest that I saw him solve one was in 15 seconds. It was crazy.

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