Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Japanese man smashes pi memory record

Listening to: John Butler Trio - Zebra


TOKYO: A Japanese mental health counsellor broke the record for reciting pi from memory in a marathon session from Friday to early Saturday morning.

Newspaper pictures showed Akira Haraguchi, 59, screwing up his face with concentration as he recited pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, to 83,431 decimal places.

Starting at 9am on Friday, Haraguchi, from Chiba, near Tokyo, lost his place around noon. He quickly restarted, completing his feat of recall in the early hours of Saturday, media reports said.

Haraguchi hopes to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing the current record-holder, also Japanese, who recited pi to 42,195 decimal places as a student, Kyodo news agency said.

That's insane! Just another reason why I think the Japanese will eventually rule the world. How can they be so intelligent? These people never cease to amaze me.


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