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Probability of Finding Strings In Pi
There are two possible references here. One is from the book Contact by Carl Sagan, where the existence of God was shown in the last chapter to be encoded in the digits of pi. The other is an old joke of a fortune cookie with a fortune that reads "Help! I'm trapped in a fortune cookie factory!".
- The book version of this comic (in xkcd: volume 0) has different title text from the online original: "I've put rescue instructions in e. You'll need the cheat codes for your universe, which I hid in the square root of two."
- This is the eleventh comic originally posted to livejournal. The previous was 9: Serenity is coming out tomorrow. The next was 14: Copyright.
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- Pi = 3.141592653589793helpimtrappedinauniversefactory7108914...
Interestingly, 7108914 does not occur in the first 100,000 digits of pi. However, 71089 does occur at roughly around the 2,500 digit mark. --DanB (talk) 18:17, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
- 7108914 position 13,709,690 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. The 3. is not included. --whitecat (talk) 10:43, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
There is a children's book called "Help, I'm a prisoner in a toothpaste factory". 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:13, 7 January 2013 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
or it's reference of the Mac OS 6 and 7 "BlueMeanies" easter egg "Help! Help! We're being held prisoner in a system software factory!". 126.96.36.199 (talk) 08:59, 7 January 2013 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
In my profession - simplifications of π is equal perfection, I can throw a recurring function at it, but it will just give me more pages of numbers. Remember that pi will ultimately equal 22/7, and you'll be alright. - E-inspired (talk) 09:17, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
We still have to find "helpimtrappedinauniversefactory" @pi, even when Randall also does not know.--Dgbrt (talk) 20:48, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
You know, we could convert "helpimtrappedinauniversefactory" to the ASCII numbers and then use one of those algorithms that searches pi for a particular string of numbers... 188.8.131.52
22:40, 13 November 2013 (UTC)