A property of Fibonacci
numbers is that the sum of any ten numbers in the sequence is equal to
eleven times the seventh number in the series, a fact which
would not have escaped the notice of Mayans who recognized the numbers 7 and 11 as special.
dice - winners are usually 7 or 11.
craps (kràps) plural
noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1.A gambling game played with two dice in which a first throw of 7 or 11 wins, a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses the bet, and a first throw of any other number (a point) must be repeated to win before a 7 is thrown, which loses both the bet and the dice.
2.A losing throw in this game. Also called crap.
[Louisiana French, game of hazard, from English crabs, lowest throw in hazard.]
prime time (prÌm tÌm)
The evening hours, generally between 7 and 11 P.M., when the largest television audience is available.
- prime´-time´ (prìm´tìm´) adjective
From: azure!randals (azure!randals)
Subject: New World Record in "Defender" Set Today
Date: 1982-03-27 23:45:46 PST
BEAVERTON, OREGON (NOP) -- In totally unplanned effort, 16-year old Ron Schwartz set a new official world's record for the Defender video game at 25,370,875 points in just over 34 hours of play, thus toppling the old world record of 24 million points. This new score has been submitted to and verified by Williams Electronics, Inc., makers of the arcade game, and will stand until somebody more masochistic comes along.
Ron had no intention
of setting out to break the record. He was just stopping by his local 7-11
store to "waste a quarter or two" and ended up staying for the day-and-a-half
that it took. He was allowed 5 minutes per each hour of play for
rest and food. He finally ended on attack wave
"2180 something" when his contact
lenses were destroying his eyes beyond his tolerance level. After
12 Coke Big-Gulps and numerous assorted high-priced munchies, he was exausted
His previous high score was only 1.3 million.
He found a number of bugs in the Defender software, including a wraparound problem at 256 ships in reserve. It seems the authors of the Defender program chose to put the number of spare ships in a byte variable, and at 257, it wraps around to only one ship!
When asked if he was going to go out and play again soon, he said "not a chance". Evidently, he will "try to stay away [from the Defender Game] for a month or two, to prevent nightmares" about all the aliens coming at him. [I don't blame him!]
[Submitted by Randal L. Schwartz,
Ron's older brother]
["I taught him everything he knows. Now he knows more." -- rls]