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The Number of the Day: 106

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As of June, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation of Scottsdale, Arizona, had 106 patients in various states of cryopreservation (frozen in liquid nitrogen). The most famous of these is baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams.


Related Fact: The field of Cryonics was pioneered in 1964 with the publishing of The Prospect of Immortality by Robert Ettinger - who recently passed away and will be cryonically preserved in Michigan alongside his mother and two wives.


[Sources: Alcor and Telegraph. 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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