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July 19th, 2010

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05:22 pm - Counting and Geometry
Just a quick note about something I saw in the drugstore last week:

Note that the device is being advertised as a “Hexagon Gazebo.”  Note also that just to make the point clear, we have a little image of the “hexagon,” clearly labeled as a “6-sided Structure.”  Now take a close look and see if you can figure out why I felt it necessary to post this.

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Date:August 8th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
On Freecycle someone offered a "hexagonal" rug. I looked at the picture and said that technically it was more of an octagon. "No," the offerer kindly explained, "it has six sides."

They say we can't grok any number greater than five, and sometimes I believe it.

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