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Pascal’s Triangle

Pascal’s triangle was invented by [[Blaise Pascal]] during his autistic period. Intending to prove that the shortest distance between two points was a metric foot, he stumbled upon the following pattern achieved by adding the sum of the other to the one before and just a jump to the left.

                       1   1
                     1   2   1
                   1   3   3   1
                 1   4   6   4   1
               1   5  10  10   5   1
             1   6  15  20  15   6   1
           1   7  21  35  35  21   7   1
                     :        :

Blaise got the idea for this triangular configuration while watching light bulbs flash on the family Christmas tree. Incidentally, when one of these bulbs accidentally landed on his head, he came closer to discovering gravity than a cure for cancer, but managed to avoid both epiphanies with unequal dexterity.


The applications of the triangle are one of none and many. While most have been documented, others have been held in trust by deceased members of the [[Da Vinci Code of Ethics]], hence the obtuse smile on the [[Moaning Lisa]]’s poker face. A few follow.


Provides a tracking overlay for relocating ships or socks loitering in the [[Bermuda Triangle]].


The triangle can be used to determine the coefficients of algebraic equations having many solutions for

It has also been used to prove that “89 is really 99″ but this is more of a theological statement and thus not subject to mathematical [[rigor mortis]].


Can be played in any orchestra having as many violins as violinists, as long as the music isn’t two squared. This is especially true when [[Mars trine Venus]]. Pascal’s triangle appearance in orchestral pieces has fallen from favour since very few musicians have ever isoscelesed it.


Was used in the [[Golf War]] to triangulate the location of missing [[birdie|birdies]] and [[bogey|bogeys]].

An effective method of killing the enemy is to lure them into Pascal’s Triangle with the promise of lots of virgins and then drop lots of virgins on top of them from a great height.


By joining four triangles to form a pyramid it is possible to locate water in any river, as long it’s not the Nile.

Software Engineering

When applied to software that has run adrift of its specification, Pascal’s triangle (also known as the Holy Trinity of the [[Model-View-Controller|MVC]], as referred to by the [[Gang of Three]]) allows you (or your kin) to reverse engineer all your executables back to a infinite series of poetic [[goto]] statements.

(Originally posted on Altered at whim.)

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