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The Number of the Day: 3,333,360

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The highest score possible on the arcade version of Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points. To achieve this score, a player must consume every single pellet, piece of food and ghost on the game's 256 levels – all on a single life. The score was first achieved in 1999 by a man named Billy Mitchell, who took more than 6 hours to accomplish the feat.


Related Fact: To celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary in May 2010, Google unveiled a logo featuring a playable version of the game, complete with those four googly-eyed ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. According to one estimate, the game accounted for 4,819,352 lost man hours. If you’re really intent on wrecking your productivity, it can still be found here.

[Sources: Wired and The Time Rescue Blog. See previous Numbers of the Day here.]

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This Puzzling Math Brain Teaser Has a Simple Solution
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Fans of number-based brainteasers might find themselves pleasantly stumped by the following question, posed by TED-Ed’s Alex Gendler: Which sequence of integers comes next?

1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, ?

Mathematicians may recognize this pattern as a specific type of number sequence—called a “look-and-say sequence"—that yields a distinct pattern. As for those who aren't number enthusiasts, they should try reading the numbers they see aloud (so that 1 becomes "one one," 11 is "two ones," 21 is "one two, one one,” and so on) to figure the answer.

Still can’t crack the code? Learn the surprisingly simple secret to solving the sequence by watching the video below.

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