There was a time in primary school when we were first introduced to the curious object that is the bar magnet. Instead of paying attention to actual mechanics behind magnetism, more often than not were we competing to see who could force the north poles of two magnets to touch each other. But what these lessons had taught us are that magnets are indeed curious objects.
There’s this fairly popular social media site I frequent which has a small blue square logo with the letter “f” to one side. Over the past few days, I noticed that I’ve been getting a large number of notifications on this site (not that I normally don’t, given how undeniably popular I am, as you can tell from the way I’m sat here on a Sunday evening writing a blog post). Every morning, I’ll awake to a sharp ping on my phone, indicating that either someone wants to communicate with me in some way, or there’s a particular event which might take my interest. Grabbing my phone with vivid anticipation, I’m immediately disheartened to see that “Yanhao and 3 others have their birthdays today. Help them celebrate!” It’s not that I’m not appreciative of Yanhao’s date of birth, I just don’t want to be seeing the same thing every single day (Psst… don’t tell him, but I don’t actually know when his birthday is).
You are delegated the task of designing a new motorway system to connect three towns that form the vertices of an equilateral triangle. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult. All you must do is connect the towns in such a way that you use the minimal length of motorway.
The festive Christmas period is only just easing to an end and you’ve already begun teasing the thought of flying away to a warm summer destination for your next vacation. Perhaps Dubai, or maybe even Hawaii? I can see the drool starting to gather at the corners of your mouth. I’m drooling too, but maybe not for the same reason…