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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The most boring day in history was...

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Computer programmer & Cambridge scientist William Tunstall-Pedoe launched a web site, True Knowledge The Internet Answer Engine, to provide a more intelligent way of searching the internet. Maybe the most interesting question asked to True Knowledge was to calculate "The Most Boring Day in History".
The programme was fed fed some 300 million facts about "people, places, business and events" that made the news. Using complex algorithms True Knowledge determined that on 11 April 1954, Sunday nothing significant happened.
In fact on that day a general election was held in Belgium, an Oldham Athletic footballer called Jack Shufflebotham died. Plans for the coup d'etat in Yanaon, then a small French colony in India, are also believed to have been hatched that on the evening of April 11 1954 but nothing actually happened that night.
Also a Turkish academic, Professor Abdullah Atalar was born on that day. Atalar now researches atomic force microscopy and digital integrated circuit design at Bilkent University, Turkey.
Bestselling author Dan Brown used anagrams from the Anagram Genius software, programmed by William Tunstall-Pedoe, in his novel Da Vinci Code.

(Via Telegraph)

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