Month

Happy Birthday, Brian Wilson!

He was only 23 years old when Pet Sounds came out:

Huey's Long Filibuster

Huey Long filibustered for 15 hours and 30 minutes on this day in 1935. As he held the Senate floor, he read the entirety of the US Constitution, offering detailed analysis on each section, and then turned to reading out Shakespeare, among other things.

Wolfram|Alpha calculates that he could speak roughly 139,500 words in that time, which means he could comfortably have gotten through the following:

Huey’s efforts to retain his stranglehold over Louisiana failed that day, and his power would come to a permanent end that year as he was assassinated in Baton Rouge by a political enemy.

The Venus Transit and More!

Yesterday we shared a blog post about tonight’s transit of Venus.

But did you know that Wolfram|Alpha is also a great resources for many other areas of astronomy?

Here are a few blog posts that we think are particularly interesting:

Warp Speed!

The Borg are coming. You’re joining the fleet at Wolf 359 to try and stop them. How fast do you need to go to get there in time?

First, find out how fast you need to go in terms of the speed of light:

Second, convert that into warp speed with Wolfram|Alpha’s new converter:

Wolfram|Alpha determines you would need a warp factor of 7.818 to reach Wolfram 359 within 3 days.

As to what happens when you get there, we can’t help you with that. Best of luck.

Water on Earth

If you take the total amount of water on Earth and divide it by the world population, that equals about .204 cubic kilometers of water per person.

Just how much water is that? Well, it is about .6 times the volume of oil transported by oil tankers worldwide in a year:

But what about just the fresh water?

Avengers Assemble! (Or at least some Fun Facts about them!)

Planning on seeing *The Avengers* this weekend? Us too. To celebrate, we have assembled some Avenger themed fun facts.

Thinking about marathoning each movie before seeing *The Avengers*? That will take you 10 hours and 1 minute:

*The Avengers *is expected to do incredibly well this weekend, adding to the already impressive total combined box office numbers of the previous movies:

A special thanks to heavymetalmeteorologist for providing one of the examples!

Fun with QWERTY

Words that can be typed with only the left hand:

Words that can be typed with only the right hand:

A submitted WolframFunFact from one of our Twitter followers:

The US and China have almost the same total area.

They also have about a billion more people than the United States:

Thanks to @BerkeleyBrett for the submission!

Overcoming Artificial Stupidity

Stephen Wolfram, the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, just wrote a great blog post about how Wolfram|Alpha is “on average giving complete, successful responses to more than 90% of the queries entered on its website”. Along the way we saw some great examples of “artificial stupidity: places where Wolfram|Alpha gets the wrong idea, and applies its version of ‘artificial intelligence’ to go off in what seems to us humans as a stupid direction.”:

For more examples check out the original blog post.

To compute, or not to compute?

Wolfram|Alpha can now analyze the plays of Shakespeare!

Learn more on our blog.

Wolfram|Alpha can now calculate arc lengths!

Learn more on our blog.