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Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:43 PM

Two injured in Missouri by new large prime number


Unsuspecting tourists found themselves at the receiving end of a large number, when a Mr. and Mrs. Mersenne inadvertently tripped over a previous undiscovered prime number in Missouri.

"We didn't know there was such a thing," Mr. Mersenne claimed. "We knew there were large numbers around, but we never expected to have to deal with one."

The prime in question, basically 2 gazillion digits, was unnoticed until researchers at the University of Missouri uncovered it, barely covered by the dust from the previous prime. As has been reported, there's been no injuries related to the previous prime, but the Missouri state government has applied for Federal Emergency Management assistance in this case, due in part to the magnitude, and the unexpectedness of such a large number in Missouri, a state not normally known for its digital acumen.

The disposition of the number is yet to be decided. Unofficially, the state government is holding out hope for another prime to be discovered. "We don't think we can sustain the tourist attraction", a representative said, but noted that they were hoping to mine additional primes. No word yet as to whether additional primes were in the works, but as he noted, "We wouldn't say no if Kansas could get the next number."

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Reply Two injured in Missouri by new large prime number (Original post)
Tab Jan 2016 OP
NNadir Jan 2016 #1
bvf Jan 2016 #9
lpbk2713 Jan 2016 #2
pinboy3niner Jan 2016 #3
3catwoman3 Jan 2016 #5
pinboy3niner Jan 2016 #7
tanyev Jan 2016 #6
MindPilot Jan 2016 #13
hifiguy Jan 2016 #4
Tab Jan 2016 #20
REP Jan 2016 #8
Joanie Baloney Jan 2016 #10
MindPilot Jan 2016 #14
callous taoboy Jan 2016 #11
Dr. Strange Jan 2016 #12
Tab Jan 2016 #15
MindPilot Jan 2016 #16
Tab Jan 2016 #17
BadgerKid Jan 2016 #18
NNadir Jan 2016 #19

Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:49 PM

1. Something needs to be done about the increasing dangers connected with the proliferation...

...of number theorists.

They must be stopped. The next time it is likely to be far more dangerous!

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Response to NNadir (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:10 PM

9. Which reminds me:

 

I wonder what Mochizuki's doing while waiting for practically the whole damned math world to catch up.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:51 PM

2. I hope their insurance covers this.






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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:52 PM

3. Beware of weapons of maths destruction!

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:57 PM

5. Good one.

One can always "count' on you, pinboy.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:02 PM

7. I make no claim of originality for this. It's an oldie but a goodie. :) nt

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:00 PM

6. The indivisible ones are the most dangerous.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 09:03 PM

13. Clearly the resultant of al-Gebra radicals.

 

That is how Missouri came to be known as the "show me your work" state.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 07:52 PM

4. This will be topped.

 

There's no such thing as a "highest prime number."

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 07:34 AM

20. Well, not yet

but keep a close eye on Kansas and Oklahoma

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:04 PM

8. Nobody goes to Warrensburg as a tourist

So I call hooey on this post

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:19 PM

10. So funny!

I passed it on (anonymously) to some of my math friends! Love it!

-JB

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Response to Joanie Baloney (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 09:07 PM

14. One is the only-est number...

 

that you can divide by....

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:33 PM

11. Tragic- They were in their prime.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 08:48 PM

12. They looked for clues to determine what caused such a large prime...

but they couldn't seem to find any factors.

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 09:08 PM

15. I think they were looking perhaps for multiple causes

but couldn't find any

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 09:15 PM

16. One and three were unharmed and returned to their roots.

 

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Response to MindPilot (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 09:22 PM

17. No root for two?

I'd like to square this off for every number involved.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 09:56 PM

18. Hopefully the radical factors get rooted out.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 01:50 AM

19. Lord have Mercenne 'em! n/t.

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