[2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

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[2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

Postby lukekh » Sun May 17, 2015 3:02 pm

So I'm here to claim my 10 internet points from the mouse-over-text in this comic http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3738

For starters, I have assigned letters the following values in accordance with Uranus' retrograde:
A=334,000 B=7 C=6,000,000 D=0 E=0 F=0 G=0 H=11 I=12 J=0 K=0 L=9 M=0 N=0 O=0 P=0 Q=0 R=555 S=10 T=13 U=8 V=0 W=0 X=0 Y=0 Z=0

Then, since I'm a capricorn with a crippling addiction, we simply remove the word porn from capricorn

And then, if you sum the value of each remaining letter (C+A+R+I+C=12334567), break that sum into its digits (1,2,3,3,4,5,6,7), add 6 (7,8,9,9,10,11,12,13), then convert back into letters (B,U,L,L,S,H,I,T), you get the word "BULLSHIT."
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Re: [2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

Postby LynxCat » Sun May 17, 2015 11:46 pm

Copying it over from my reply on Facebook:

OK, I'm taking a stab at it. BULLSHIT, in numerological letter values, is 2+6+3+3+3+5+1+4. Subtracting 6 from each digit, since numerology works in a modulo 9 basis, yields 59666847. That would be the "sum" referred to, which is a very hefty number, considering each letter has a value from 1 to 8 (that's even if you just add everything together into one big sum, rather than adding the digits of each smaller sum, as numerology does). If each letter had an average value of 5 (it's probably much less, since no letter corresponds to 9, and some of the most common letters are lumped with the lower numbers), you'd be looking at over 10 million letters. Either way, the number of "remaining letters" should be a 8 or 9-digit figure. There are enough "remaining letters" to fill the biggest novels in the world - Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu", for example, is the Guinness World Record holder for longest novel, clocking in at over 9 million characters, less than a rather conservative estimate for our source text (that's considering all of the book's 9+ million counted characters are letters, of which I'm not sure).

Re: [2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

Postby DonRetrasado » Mon May 18, 2015 4:59 am

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Re: [2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

Postby Liriodendron_fagotti » Mon May 18, 2015 6:33 am

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Re: [2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

Postby Kaharz » Mon May 18, 2015 11:21 pm

Somehow I never heard of time cube. It makes me think Dr. Bronner and the Reverend Ivan Stang had a child.
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Re: [2015-05-16] Working out the 'math'

Postby nachuo » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:29 pm

I don't have the exact math, but I have the answer, following this strip: http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2011-04-24
I suggest the answer is love, as mentioned in the last tile: "love is bullshit"

On that note, from the text it appears we only get part of the math, hinted by the the word "remaining"

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