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## No. 404: The underlying premise of this comic, of course, goes without saying

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar, Andrew Coker

T-Rex: I've memorised digits of π...

T-Rex: TO IMPRESS GIRLS!

T-Rex: 3.1702033968014273989002187792743429018186392247607743421986344...

Dromiceiomimus: Wow!

Utahraptor: It's all wrong after 3.1!

T-Rex: I only need to know up to the expectation value of how many digits a random girl knows. And make up digits from there.

Utahraptor: Oh! Neat!

T-Rex: The expectation value turns out to be 1.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751...

**The author writes:**

Based on an actual conversation.

It was also pointed out (but could not be fit into the comic):

- that if a girl knows more digits of π than you've memorised, and calls you out on it, you can explain that your optimal utility cost strategy was to memorise only as many digits as the expectation value of how many digits a random girl would know;
- and that
*this explanation* would serve to impress such a girl *more* than merely having rote-learnt more digits of π.

Really, you can't go wrong with using mathematics to attract members of your preferred sex.