Saturday, June 14, 2008


So, are you familiar with the show Numb3rs? It's a crime-type show, where a local math professor helps solve crimes by using his mathematical abilities to work out details of how, who, etc. (Why there are so many crimes in his area that happen to have mathematical contexts I'm not sure.) Anyway, it can be entertaining, but I thought, why not go the next step? I propose:


Note that there aren't any obviously fancy things like the "3" replacing the "e" in "Numb3rs" (note: it actually is all capitalized in the title, so the "3" looks like a backwards "E" : "NUMB3RS"). However, on closer inspection, you'll see that the word "Letters" is actually made up of all letters - pretty cool, eh?

Anyway, here's the premise: the local police are inept, and it takes the mad skillz (as my friend Dean would put it) of the local grammarian to help solve the crimes. This slightly schizophrenic, paranoid psychotic English professor uses his skills (sorry, Dean, skillz) to help figure out whodunit (weird: "whodunit" is in the Firefox dictionary! it's not underlined as a misspelled word! however, I think I probably misused it here - it's probably supposed to be a noun describing a type of mystery novel or something, not a contraction). The guy uses handwriting analysis and compares grammatical mistakes and writing styles of the perpetrators' letters with samples from the local elementary and high schools and universities. He can identify the killer (assuming the crime involves killing) usually with an accuracy of 50-60% (about 92.7% if the killer signs his name to the letters and/or victims; he is, after all, paranoid, and always thinks someone's out to get him by making him pick the wrong person).

So, does that sound like the next big hit crime-drama? Maybe I'll work on a game show idea of some type next...

PS: the Label Cloud is back - found out I had a label with a quotation mark in it (""" - wait, that looks a bit wierd - how exactly do you denote a quotation mark? A quote within a quote changes the number of marks - double, single, double, single, etc. - but how do you denote a double quotation mark? I'm confused!). Thanks again to Phydeaux3 for the label cloud. Go get one for your own blog!

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