Monday, February 21, 2005

Is math always this funny?

Speaking of education (and newspapers with Times in their names), The Ranger tipped me off to some math funniness over at Powerline last week:

Today's Corrections section takes on the mysteries of geometry:
The Keeping Score column in SportsSunday on Jan. 23, about a mathematical formula for projecting the winner of the Super Bowl, misstated the application of the Pythagorean theorem, which the formula resembles. The theorem determines the length of the third side of a right triangle when the length of the two other sides is known; it is not used to determine the sum of the angles in a right triangle.

The Times is still searching for the elusive "formula" that governs the sum of the angles of a triangle.

I believe this is the "Angle A + Angle B + Angle C = 180 degrees" formula. Right Ranger? haha Physicists can make a formula out of anything...even when it's elusive. Still, the brainpower of the Times corrections writer is pretty elusive as well. It's even sadder when you consider that a paper with "Times" in its name can't do math.

A Powerline reader Paul Schlick keeps it up with the funny:
In an attempt to help the MSM improve, here is some correction boilerplate the Times could use that might help them remember the intricacies of geometry:
Since our reporters and editors are often 'obtuse' we have an 'acute' problem getting the facts 'right'. Thus we must again do a '180', this time with regard to ... (insert current correction here) While some see as hypocrisy our approach to certain issues from differing 'angles' depending on which 'side' at the moment supports our ideology, we prefer the term 'triangulation.'