Oh It’s Hard to be Humble When You’re as Famous as Me!
May 4, 2012So you wanna be FAMOUS and fabulous and uber-cool too.
Maybe you wanna be the Chris Rock of maths. Being famous is soooooo cool.
…………….……You get attitude!!!
……………………You Get cool sunglasses!!!
….You get a chauffeur that’s not your mum!
But what are the chances? What is the probability that a kid at your school will become famous one day? Cate Blanchet went to Mathpigs kids’ school. But in Australia we don’t make a fuss. They haven’t put a picture of her on the wall or anything.
So mathspigs let’s work out the probability of you becoming a STAR, BABY!
Here is an interesting statistic from Psychology Today.
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The first question is how do you measure fame? Do you have to be on TV to be famous? Do you have to be a Hollywood star? Should you be a wax dummy in Madame Tussaud’s? Not as a job. I mean because you are so fabulously famous.
Perhaps, you could use Tom Weller’s humorous Rictus scale (a parody of the Richter Scale) for earthquake intensity using media coverage as a guide to fame. Just replace the persons name for the word ‘scene’.
I’m thinking around ‘5’ looks like FAME, but you decide. Now count how many ex-students from your school (and any current ones) who have become famous in the last 20 years and do the maths.
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Rictus Scale # |
Richter Scale Equivalent |
Media Coverage |
1 | 0-3 | Small articles in local papers |
2 | 3-5 | Lead story on local news; mentioned on network news |
3 | 5-6.5 | Lead story on network news; photos in nation newspapers; governor visits scene |
4 | 6.5-7.5 | Network correspondents sent to scene; president/PM visits area; commemorative T-shirts appear |
5 | 7.5 up | Covers of weekly news magazines; network specials; “instant books” appear |
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