# You'll Have To Think Like A Pirate To Solve This Week's Puzzle

Pirates, of course, are notoriously greedy – but they're also incredibly shrewd. And don't forget, they'll kill you, if given the chance.

# Chicks Might Map Numbers From Left To Right – Just Like Us!

When you think of the numbers 1–10, you probably envision them running along a line, with 1 on the left and 10 on the right. Scientists have long debated whether this tendency is hardwired or culturally instilled. This week, the hardwired camp scored a major point. Young chickens, it seems, also map numbers from…

# Can You Solve This Puzzle Blindfolded?

This puzzle would be a lot easier without the blindfold. Are you up for the challenge?

# How To Prove A Geometric Formula With A Clementine And A Piece of Paper

Here's a fun demonstration from Cornell maths professor Steven Strogatz. Take a clementine (or any spherical, peelable fruit) and trace around its widest part four times. Then peel it. Flatten out the peelings as best you can and divvy them up evenly among the circles. Voilà! Tangible proof that the the surface area…

# The Correct Way(s) To Load A Dishwasher

The dishwasher! The perennial optimization problem. Even the chronically untidy have been known to harbor strong opinions on efficient loading technique. But did you know dishwasher manuals actually include photos and illustrations of ideal rack layouts? (Be honest – did you even realize your dishwasher had a manual?)

# This Math Equation Is Also A Limerick

This week's Sunday Puzzle looks like a mathematical equation. Well, it *is* a mathematical equation. But hidden in that equation is a poem. Can you recite it back to us?

# MIT Students Build Handmade Wooden Roller Coaster For Incoming Freshmen

The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period."

# The Most Commonly Used Words In *Billboard* Pop Song Titles, By Decade

Over at *Prooffreader*, data nerd extraordinaire David Taylor has charted the most-used words from pop song titles by decade, from 1890 (which, who even knew *Billboard *rankings have existed since the 19th Century?) to present. The most common words from the 2010s? "Hell," "Yeah," "We," "Fuck," and "Die." Sounds about…

# Can You Guess The Next Number In This Sequence?

Everything you need to solve this riddle can be found in the numbers you see here. Be apprised: The mathematically inclined tend to struggle with this puzzle.

# A Mathematical Model Explains Why All Hipsters Look The Same

When enough contrarians actively resist mainstream trends, their nonconformity may actually align. Ergo beardsplosion.

# Think You Know The Solution To This Classic Riddle? Think Again.

Today's puzzle will be posed in two halves. The first half is a classic riddle – in fact, I suspect many of you will have heard it before. The second half, however, is an extension of the riddle that reveals its most common solution be be insufficient.

# Can You Solve The World's (Other) Hardest Logic Puzzle?

Last week, we asked you to solve 'The Hardest Logic Puzzle In The World." This week, we're asking you to do it again – with a brand new puzzle.

# JJ Abrams has solved that awesome 8th Grader's *Star Wars* Algebra

Remember Cody Swanek's cute, *Star Wars* themed Maths problem from last week? Well, it took Mr Abrams a while to figure out the answer, but he got in touch with Cody to let him know - and ponder a separate mathematical question as well.