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The Law of Large Numbers…

from the always-amusing xkcd

As we work on our routines, we might spare a commemorative thought for Ferdinand Magellan, whose expedition returned to Spain on this date in 1522, at the end of the first circumnavigation of the globe– almost three years to the day after the fleet– reduced to a single ship from the original five– had departed.  Magellan never made it; he was killed by a poison dart in a battle on the island of Mactan in the Philippines in 1521.

Magellan's ship "Victoria"-- the one that made it

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September 6, 2009 at 12:01 am