Thu, 16 February 2012
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Ms. Info sez, "21812 is mere moments away... "
My favourite coincidence caused by Phil Plait was the time my best friend and I needed a name for an incidental character in a short story. She picked a book from the shelf, opened it at random and pointed to the word "Tulip". We laughed, she grabbed another book from a different shelf, opened it at random and again pointed to "Tulip". That was obviously a sign from Phil, and so Captain Tuelippe was placed in charge of the operation.
Regarding the teacher in Wisconsin as the religious moron of the week, I'm not disagreeing that the teacher(s) deserve the title of "moron". Sadly, though, I didn't hear anything in this story that leads me to think that secular educators would treat this girl any differently when she spoke with her native language.
I checked the Moby Dick count -- I wrote a small program which would count how many times each word appeared (counting a word and its possessive as the same). I got 6416 for "and" -- the third most common word in the text. All in all, I got 18280 distinct words. 8618 of those were used only once each. "Ishmael" appears 20 times, "Ahab" 512 (once as a plural), "Queequeg" 252 times, and "Moby-Dick" or "Moby Dick" 84 times. Here are the words which appeared more than 1000 times: Word Count ==== ===== the 14429 of 6586 and 6416 a 4712 to 4597 in 4164 that 3084 his 2530 it 2519 I 1993 he 1875 but 1818 as 1741 is 1723 with 1722 was 1644 for 1617 all 1509 this 1394 at 1318 by 1201 not 1149 whale 1097 from 1088 him 1067 so 1062 on 1060 be 1042