Wolfram Alpha Shares Fun Facts via Twitter
Article by George Norman
On 03 Feb 2011
Micro-blogging site Twitter is very handy way of communication with others, of telling the world whatever you want to say (in 140 characters or less). The team behind Wolfram Alpha, the computational knowledge engine developed by British-born physicist and Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram, has decided to make good use of Twitter and share some fun facts with the world.

“We’ve been having so much fun over the past few months hunting for fun facts in Wolfram|Alpha that we thought it was time to give @WolframFunFacts its very own space in the Twitterverse,” said the Wolfram Alpha team. “For those of you who are new to Wolfram Fun Facts, they are unique facts computed from Wolfram|Alpha’s trillions of pieces of data. All of this knowledge is built upon a computational engine that allows us to mash up topic areas such as people, finance, dates, and more to do impressive, if not outrageous, computations.”

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Here is an example of a fun fact computed by Wolfram Alpha: riding a sleigh around the Earth in a single day would require the sleigh to travel at 1,037 miles per hour. Want some more Wolfram Alpha Fun Facts? Here you go:

- You can paint over the entire surface of the moon if you have 8.4 x 10^11 gallons of pain.
- It will take you 11.8 million years to travel one light year if you have to stick to a 60 mph speed limit.
- Per year, 125.6 lbs of potatoes are eaten by the average American. In the UK the average person eats 235.8 lbs of potatoes per year.
- The probability that two people in a 23-person room share the same birthday is 0.51.

Still want more fun facts? Why don’t you check out @WolframFunFacts on Twitter? The Wolfram Alpha team said it would share all the fun facts it uncovers and all the fun facts the users uncover.



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