## Killer Easter Egg Math

March 30, 2022

According to The Guinness Book of Records the largest chocolate Easter Egg went on display at Le Acciaierie Shopping Centre, in Cortenuova, Italy, on 2011.

Egg Weight   = 7,200 kg  = 15,873 lbs

Height = 10 m =  34 ft

Circumference = 19.6 m = 64 ft

The sugar content for easter eggs is: 55-65% by weight

So we will assume the sugar content of the giant egg was in the middle:

# 60%

## Halloween Math: IT Chapter 2 vs Kill Bill Vol 2 in Fake Blood

October 15, 2021

### Stage blood @ Stage MakeupMovie Blood @ Thomasfx

*Note: These were the fake blood volumes quoted 12 years ago when I was first researching fake blood data. I have noticed the numbers on various chat platforms have inflated  the volumes in the last 12 years.

*Note: Rounding off the initial volume eg. 0.06 pint (0.028L) then up-scaling that volume to 36,000 pints (17,000L) introduces a significant error in the final calculations.

## Death by Chocolate for DOGS

February 22, 2021

## Real World Maths: %, vaccines and saving humanity

November 29, 2020

The following information comes from the article 2 Companies Say Their Vaccines Are 95% Effective. What Does That Mean? Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 20 Nov 2020.

See Principles of Epidemiology here.

As Dolly Parton donated \$1Million to Moderna, the vaccine research group, it is only appropriate to include a VACCINE parody of her hit song, Jolene put together by the Dept of Health, AUSTRALIA.

## Real World Maths: Powers and the LOUDEST Rock Band in the world

October 22, 2020

#### Rock Concerts CauseTemporary Hearing Loss in Teens

Deep Purple: The Loudest Rock Band Ever

Lime Cordiale, a popular band in Australia

August 4, 2020

## Australian Open 2020: Could YOU ….. return Roger Federer’s serve?

January 27, 2020

The Australian Tennis Open is being played at the moment and Mathspig is always amazed at the serve speed of the top-seeded players.

Here are some of the serves speeds of players in this year’s Men’s Open.

Keep in mind the fastest female tennis serve by Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová is a very respectable 225 km/h (140 mph).

# Can you return Roger Federer’s serve?

NOTE: Andy Murray had the same serve speed as Roger Federer.

Go here to see why this simplified calculation works!

Mathspig tested her reaction time here. TRY IT!

Mathspig’s best, best, best reaction time = O.33 sec

## Can you escape a FALLING TREE?

August 24, 2019

Tragically, 5 people have been killed by falling trees in Victoria, Australia, this Winter.

In 3 separate accidents, 4 died when trees crushed the occupants in cars. One victim was a pedestrian.

So if you were walking through a park could you escape a falling tree if you either heard a cracking sound or saw the tree starting to fall?

With thanks to Physics Stack Exchange.

For an inverted pendulum near the top of its arc, there is no period, but the quantity ℎ/𝑔 does represent a characteristic time scale for this system. The tree will take a few of these characteristic times to fall.

Mathspig hates seeing an old tree felled, but it does give us the necessary time data.

There are many assumptions in these calculations.

*You’d be hit by the tree trunk, not a branch which would hit you sooner.

*There is no wind pushing the tree over.

*The tree falling is an approx to a reverse pendulum.

## Medals, Meglomaniacs and Sharp Shooters…….. The Maths METRIC

May 10, 2019

When Mathspig recently saw images of some Russian soldiers covered in medals it prompted the question

### ‘Could medals protect the wearer from a sharpshooter?’

Mathspig was interested in this question because megalomaniac military dictators who take over countries by force tend to award themselves lots of medals. But they are also likely to be the target of sharpshooters from a liberation movement.

The target zone (circle) had a diameter of 1.9cm. This is smaller than the diameter of an American Quarter, an Australian 10c and a UK pound all of which have a diameter of appro 2.4 cm.

So the megolmaniac military dictator wins!!! He IS protected – on his chest – by his medals!!!!!! Unless the sharpshooter manages a ‘lucky’ shot.

## Medals, Meglomaniacs and Sharp Shooters…….. The Math USA units

May 8, 2019

When Mathspig recently saw images of some Russian soldiers covered in medals it prompted the question

### ‘Could medals protect the wearer from a sharpshooter?’

Mathspig was interested in this question because megalomaniac military dictators who take over countries by force tend to award themselves lots of medals. But they are also likely to be the target of sharpshooters from a liberation movement.

The target zone (circle) had a diameter of 0.7 inches. This is smaller than the diameter of an American Quarter, an Australian 10c and a UK pound all of which have a diameter of approx 0.96 inches.

So the megolmaniac military dictator wins!!! He IS protected – on his chest – by his medals!!!!!! Unless the sharpshooter manages a ‘lucky’ shot.