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Strange But True: Human brains still outperform supercomputers

To simulate standard brain performance would require a supercomputer 1,000 times as powerful as the best ones today. And we'd need the output of an entire nuclear power plant to run it.
BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES For The Oklahoman Published: January 22, 2013
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Q. From a Montana reader: “My wife and I were both born on Feb. 22, though in different years. How often does this sort of thing happen?”

A. Assuming all birthdays are equally likely and that people do not choose mates based on birthdays, the probability is simply 1 in 365 (ignoring leap years). That comes to a mere 0.27 percent. Actually, births are more likely in certain months, so the probability of a husband-wife match is a bit greater than this simple estimate. But whatever the odds, “happy birthday birthday” to you both!

Send STRANGE questions to brothers Bill and Rich Sones at strangetrue@cs.com.


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