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Do the Math: a silly story by gregvanderlaan.com
During the early 1970's a gentleman and his wife were working in Palo Alto, California and he discovered the key to enlightenment. He published it as a book and became a leader of a religious group very popular with the high tech crowd surrounding Apple and HP. To put it briefly, the key is 01101011001110110100010001... and it went on like that for a hundred pages finally ending with the amazing conclusion that astonished the world and allowed the couple to earn a million dollars from royalties... 11010011100001110101100110.
A few years passed and the wife made a public statement: "While my husband is a fine fellow and a wonderful father to our children, I sadly must inform you that he is almost entirely wrong about the key to enlightenment. I have been doing the math and can state that there is a missing part... it is:10010100110001001011101110... and it went on like that for a hundred pages finally ending with the amazing conclusion that astonished the world and allowed the couple to earn another million dollars from royalties... 00101100011110001010011001.
And the people of the world did the math... and she was right... while each of the strings of zeros and ones by themselves showed part of the key to true enlightenment, if you add the two numbers together, they equal:1111111111111111111111111.... and it goes on for a hundred pages finally ending as you would expect... 111111111111111111111111111.
Idea Factory at work: This joke came to me pre-written in a dream, all I did was type it into the computer before I forgot it... Yes, it was slightly different in the dream, more visual. They took the number over to RSA Associates and asked them to study it. When plotted on a rectangular grid 3.5 inches wide by 2 inches tall the numbers form a labyrinth in the shape of an eye... the gentleman had the eye printed on business cards... with a one printed as a black dot and the zero printed as a white space... then years later, the wife had similar cards printed on mylar with the one printed as a white dot and the zero printed as a clear space... when you overlay her card on his they form a totally white image... but just before the image whites out, the eye appears to wink at you... as if it was laughing along with you enjoying a private joke.
Well, here is that joke. "There are 10 types of people in the world, those that read binary and those that don't."