A Sweet Ukulele Tribute to Mersenne 48!

Here's my festive celebration of the world's biggest known prime number, Mersenne 48, discovered at the start of 2013 by Curtis Cooper. I thought a little song would be more interesting than just singing all 17 million digits... though feel free to add that to the chorus yourself... Happy Christmath 2013 everyone! 
PS the more auditorily observant amongst you will notice a plane going overhead around 1'10. You've guessed it, Sherlock. I live under the Heathrow flightpath, recorded this in one take, and didn't want to do it all over again because it was nearly dinnertime and I was hungry. Call it an Easter Egg, just for you, hey?


In January Professor Curtis Cooper found a number 
Not an ordinary number, but a number that’s humungous... 
...so I don’t want your mulled pies and you can keep your minced wine 
All I want for Christmas is the world's biggest prime! 

It's 2 to the power of 57885161 (minus one) 
Mersenne 48 - the perfect gift for everyone 
So give me oh give me this Christmas time 
A seventeen million digit Christmas prime 

It's rarer than a cracker joke that actually makes you laugh 
As useful as a pair of roller skates for a giraffe 
If I had one I could do whatever I like with it 
Well, anything I want apart from dividing it… except by itself and one... 

2 to the power of 57885161 (minus one) 
And if I tried to sing it in hours I’d need one thousand one hundred and eighty-one 
So give me oh give me this Christmas time 
A seventeen million digit Christmas prime 

You can type it and text it or write it and post it, 
Bake it in bread and then slice it and toast it 
If you can’t calculate it and send it in time 
I’ll accept 16 million decimal places of Pi 

So give me oh give me this Christmas time 
A seventeen million digit Christmas prime 
(One more recursion!) 
Give me give oh give me this Christmas time 
A seventeen million digit Christmas prime


released 30 December 2013 
Words, lyrics, ukulele and vocals by Helen Arney, December 2013 
With thanks to presenter Tim Harford and producer Ben Carter at BBC Radio 4 "More Or Less". They helped me with the first inkling of an idea for this song, and first broadcast it as part of their 2013 "Numbers of the Year" special:

Blue Angels

For my friends and family that understand “talking about formation flying with your hands”…!

A year or two old but still great.

Did you know that the pilot on the right of the formation is always a Marine? 
This is one of the best Blue Angel videos you'll see!! Great perspective  with much of it filmed from the cockpit. You see the formation then see it from the pilot or camera view. It is in HD. This was recorded in Pensacola FL. and El Centro, CA 


Irony alert

Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat... because of too much ice


You will love this one!

And this one...

Joke du Jour

Heisenberg and Schrödinger are out for a drive when they get stopped by the police. The policeman asks Heisenberg "Sir, do you know how fast you were going?" and Heisenberg says "No, but I know where I am!". Confused, the officer says "Sir, you were doing 80 mph", and Heisenberg throws his hands in the air and huffs "Great, now I don't know where I am anymore!".
The policeman thinks something is going on, and orders the pair out of the car so that he can search it for contraband. He looks under the seats, in the glove compartment, in the back, and then walks around the car and opens the boot. He stares into it for a moment, turns to Schrödinger and says "Sir, did you know there's a dead cat in here?!", so Schrödinger rolls his eyes and snorts "Yeah, we do now!".

Connect those dots

Published 25 December, 2013

by Erik Rush
Erik Rush is a columnist and author of sociopolitical fare. His latest book is "Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal - America's Racial Obses... In 2007, he was the first to give national attention to the story of Sen. Barack Obama's ties to militant Chicago preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright, initiating a media feeding frenzy. Erik has appeared on Fox News' "Hannity and Colmes," CNN, and is a veteran of numerous radio appearances.
When are we going to stop pretending that the individual representing himself as Barack Hussein Obama and currently holding the office of president of the United States is anything other than a foreign-backed, Marxist operative and Islamist whose objectives include the effective destruction of America as we know it?
As I advised my streaming show audience this week, I – or anyone else, for that matter – could crack the façade concerning our president’s motives in seconds on any one of the national television news shows on which I’ve appeared by asking one simple question:
“Why is it that everything – everything – Obama has done has had a detrimental effect on America?” Enumerating them and clarifying said motives would, of course, be child’s play.
Nobody is that stupid, save for those shuffling around in institutions or under lock and key in the care of loved ones. Nor do I believe anyone is as incompetent or unlucky as one would have to be to have consistently botched everything from America’s economy to national security. In light of the developments of the last few months, the evidence of Barack Obama’s sabotage and treason has not only become agonizingly clear, but it convicts both those in the press who still consider themselves journalists, as well as anyone who has taken an oath to uphold our Constitution.
The elephant in the room – which even conservative pundits seem to be skirting – is that it has all been done deliberately.
Last week, congressional Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Steve King, R-Iowa, carried out a “secret” trip to the Middle East. As reported by the Washington Post and the Washington Times, the three took commercial flights, thus placing themselves in harm’s way, while visiting Beirut, Cairo and Tripoli, and conducting closed-door meetings with top-level officials in these places.
The actions of Obama toward arming rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria (many of these being al-Qaida and other Islamist affiliates) were plainly treasonable offenses. The ongoing investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi indicates that the administration’s deportment was rife with criminality. Overall, the blatantly unconstitutional and potentially criminal actions of this president, both domestically and on the international stage, are legion.
Two weeks ago, the Turkish press reported that Naglaa Mahmoud, wife of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi, stated in an interview that Bill and Hillary Clinton had been involved with the Muslim Brotherhood since the 1980s. Mahmoud has been tied to operations dedicated to returning her husband to power, according to the Egyptian government. As the reader may be aware, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state was Huma Abedin (wife of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner). Her family members are heavy hitters in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Following this, there have been unconfirmed reports that the Egyptian government has named Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in criminal complaints, claiming that they conspired with the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow the interim government and return Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to power.
Is the fact that the president of the United States and his former secretary of state are being indicted as international criminals not newsworthy? In my view, even rumors of such a thing are newsworthy, inasmuch as it gives an indicator of America’s international standing. Yet, as of this writing, the president is on vacation in Hawaii, pretending to be a garden-variety liberal Democrat, while even elements of the conservative press contribute to perpetuating the charade.
Today, it was also reported that Egypt’s military-backed interim government has officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.
Over the last week, my discussions with colleagues have centered around these stories, as well as that of the eight Democrat lawmakers who recently proposed The Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act (HR 3741), a bill that would eliminate the death penalty for acts of espionage and treason.
I’ll leave it to the reader to connect those dots.
I realize that the supposed historical significance of this president and the cult of personality around him gave rise to his receiving inordinate latitude regarding his policies and actions – but it is time to stop playing games. A colleague recently stated that we are one false flag event away from America essentially descending into totalitarianism. As the opposition closes in on Obama – and it is – he is increasingly likely to employ the most ruthless weapons in his arsenal of contingencies. We must not forget that America’s downfall is a century-long Marxist dream.
It is now up to those in the press who are capable of simple arithmetic, as it were, and anyone left in Congress who possesses a spine to rally behind Bachmann, Gohmert and King toward removing this obscenity of an administration from Washington with all due haste.