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http://storycollider.org/podcast/2015-01-26

With all of the great and interesting ways to calculate or estimate the value of Pi, this is probably the most dangerous. It requires firing a pump action shot gun (and perhaps yelling "Get to the Choppah!!!")

Curriculum Tags: Gr8

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-to-calculate-pi-using-a-pump-action-shotgun

If you need a good example of how probability works (or maybe doesn't work) check out this story about how a couple won on the slots on a machine that hasn't had a jackpot in over 20 years. That is certainly on the tail end of the probability distribution.

Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MAT1L, MAT2L, MBF3C, MDM4U

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732971/Grandparents-win-2-4M-Vegas-slot-machine-jackpot-gone-unclaimed-20-years-playing-3-hits-10-minutes.html

OK this is not so much an article but a great article about how tough this old calculator is. I think I remember having one just like it and it probably met its demise through some catastrophic failure (eg crushed, dropped from a high height etc). Fun none the less

Curriculum Ties: All

http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2015/01/06/guest-post-the-mars-rover-of-calculators/Curriculum Ties: All

We have these discussions in class about misleading statistics and statistical representations all the time and hopefully you have read "How to Lie with Statistics" to help hone your skills on giving examples to students. But as it turns out, How to Lie with Statistics might be used more nefariously by certain congressional departments. This is the first time that statistics has probably been discussed this way in a congressional hearing. See a couple videos of it here (especially if the embedded video doesn't work).

Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MBF3C, MDM4U, MAP4C

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4509179/rep-huelskamp

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/investigations/2014/09/26/old-book-teaching-va-new-statistical-tricks/16249649/

Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MBF3C, MDM4U

https://www.causeweb.org/wiki/chance/images/4/4b/Wunderground_drop.png

And lastly a probability question that may not have an answer. At the very least it should develop some interesting conversations.

Curriculum Tags: MDM4U

https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8411929600/h5A198E45/

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