April 11, 1954: The most boring day in the 20th century

27.11.2010 Misc #History #News

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Deep Thought True Knowledge, ein Computer in Cambridge, hat die Antwort auf die Frage nach dem Leben, dem Universum und dem ganzen Rest errechnet, was der langweiligste Tag im 20. Jahrhundert gewesen war. Die Antwort ist der 11. April 1954, an dem Tag passierte so gut wie nichts.

Every day something of significance happens, a person is born who is destined for fame, there is an event in the arts or sports, history is created. With 300 million of these facts fed into the “brain” of True Knowledge, Tunstall-Pedoe’s Cambridge company, the computer was asked: “What was the most boring day in the 20th century?” […]

“For fun we wrote the program and set it going. When the results came back the winner (or perhaps loser) was April 11, 1954 – a Sunday in the 1950s. Nobody significant died that day, no major events apparently occurred and although a typical day in the 20th century has many notable people being born, for some reason that day had only one who might make that claim: Abdullah Atalar – a Turkish academic.

“The irony is though, that having done the calculation, the day is interesting for being exceptionally boring.”

April 11, 1954: The most boring day in the 20th century (via Neatorama)


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