I'm not going into a tailspin, Earth
is. Icarus-like, we're soon fated to
tumble from orbit and be engulfed by
the sun in a vaporous death.
What did I miss? Should we turn on
The Royal Astronomical Society has
recalculated the demise of Earth,
shortening its lifespan significantly.
...We've still got another 7.59
Our Sun is a middle-aged star fusing hydrogen in its core into heavier and denser helium. As the Sun ages, the helium builds up, eventually leaving no hydrogen fuel. The fusion of hydrogen generates energy that counteracts gravity, so in about 5 billion years the Sun's core will start to collapse. It will heat up, with the remaining fusion reaction taking place at a faster rate in a shell of hydrogen gas surrounding the core. The extra energy produced will push the outer layers of the Sun outward; they will cool and take on a reddish hue. The Sun will engulf the current orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and perhaps even Mars as it becomes a red giant star. A strong stellar wind will result in large mass loss for the Sun as it blows away its outer layers.
The grainy nanny-cam video of the Russian Roulette game plays
as... Don, Nikki, Charlie and Larry watch.
Russian Roulette. Legend has it
Russian officers, starving at the
front, resorted to wagering their
lives for a crust of bread.
The triangle of fractions has properties that makes it very
similar to Pascal's triangle suppose two
adjacent fractions in the same row are a/b and c/d. Then the fraction below them is
(a + c)/(b + d), which is how the fractions a/b and c/d are
added in the Farey sequence.
What makes a man do this?
"The Gambler's Ruin." Doubling down,
chasing losses... A 1000 dollar wager
fast becomes a six-figure debt, and a
man begins to see no way out.
The gambler starts with an i unit stake and the casino or house starts with c units. They repeatedly play
a game for which the gambler has a fixed probability p of winning and the winner gets 1 unit from the loser.