1. Of course it's possible

Suppose you start your final innings having scored 9899 runs and having been dismissed 199 times. You also have 49 hundreds, which means you are a bit of a rich man's Shaun Marsh and tend to play a lot of all-or-nothing innings.

100 and out - you have 9999 runs from 200 dismissals and have an average of 49.995, 50 tons
99* - you have 9998 runs from 199 dismissals and average 50+

2. Originally Posted by Howe_zat
Of course it's possible

Suppose you start your final innings having scored 9899 runs and having been dismissed 199 times. You also have 49 hundreds, which means you are a bit of a rich man's Shaun Marsh and tend to play a lot of all-or-nothing innings.

100 and out - you have 9999 runs from 200 dismissals and have an average of 49.995, 50 tons
99* - you have 9998 runs from 199 dismissals and average 50+
That's cheating (49.995). But I'll accept it

edit: Having a look at the list of best ever batting averages, it seems cricinfo only displays averages to 2 decimal places and does not round the third. That's ****ed, but it also makes you correct.

3. Originally Posted by Howe_zat
Of course it's possible

Suppose you start your final innings having scored 9899 runs and having been dismissed 199 times. You also have 49 hundreds, which means you are a bit of a rich man's Shaun Marsh and tend to play a lot of all-or-nothing innings.

100 and out - you have 9999 runs from 200 dismissals and have an average of 49.995, 50 tons
99* - you have 9998 runs from 199 dismissals and average 50+
Just start at 9898 instead of 9899, same thing except you get the exact 49.99 average.

4. Originally Posted by StephenZA
Lovely! Great use of graph theory.

5. Assume aliens exist Then given that there are at least two intelligent races in the universe, humanity is not a unique event and there must be an infinite number of intelligent species in the infinite universe. At least one of these races must have discovered Pythagoras' theorem before Pythagoras. If that was the case then the theorem would have been named after the alien discoverer. BUT the theorem is known as pythagoras' theorem which is a contradiction. Thus aliens do not exist. QED
Never change, internet

6. Originally Posted by Howe_zat
Never change, internet
Uh, the worst part is I can't unread that.

7. Found this one fun and interesting.

8. ok - here's something easy enough for some of you to answer blindfolded, stabbed and deprived of oxygen.

I came across this thing that was aired on the Simpons from a youtube.

x.x^.5 = x

solve for x

then the youtuber told me the answer was 0 or 1. No problems there.

so then I tried to do the algebra.

x.x^.5 = x
x^.5 = x/x
x = 1^2
x = 1

so what have I done wrong that does not show me x also = 0?

9. You've divided by x in the second step, so that means you've explicitly assumed x is not 0 for that step to be valid algebra.

10. Doh! Thanks.

Now I'm stumped. Can this be 'solved' without using intuition?

11. x.(x^0.5-1) = 0

This means one of x or (x^0.5-1) must be 0.

12. Shame on me. Can't believe I missed that. Thanks.

13. Victor Ian is dumb

Hey guys, look at how dumb Victor Ian is! Point and laugh at him! Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!

14. thanks Zorax. Can always count on you to drum up support.

Without context (which I didn't provide) my comment might have seemed boastful. I just studied this stuff last year. Amazing how quickly I can forget.

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