[gclist] Semi off topic humor.

Matthew Fuchs matt@wdi.disney.com
Fri, 28 Mar 1997 09:50:42 -0800

On Mar 28, 11:03am, Charles Fiterman wrote:
> Subject: Re: [gclist] Semi off topic humor.
> >***The following is _actually true_***
> >
> >Yesterday, President Clinton held a tear-filled news conference to
> >'share the pain' of those close to the 'Heaven's Gate' suicides.  He
> >said that 'we have to understand the motivation behind this'.
> >
> >Immediately, one of the reporters asked "Perhaps it was due to your
> >re-election, sir?"
> Am I the only one reminded of the Josephus problem in Knuth? They
> killed themselves in stages. Someone was able to call this in quickly.
> They were programmers. Maybe somebody read Concrete Mathematics, did
> the math and sat in the circle.
> 			-

Except the whole point of the Josephus problem was so no one committed suicide
(except, of course, for Josephus' seating arrangement), while these guys all
killed themselves.

Besides, the Josephus problem is way older than Knuth.

Matthew Fuchs