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weekend at bengies
Mood: pessimistic
Posted on 2007-08-13 10:32:00
Tags: math
Words: 336

Does anyone know why the I-95 tunnel under Baltimore Harbor is a tunnel and not a bridge? Is it cheaper or something? Hmm, according to Wikipedia:

Original plans called for an eight-lane bridge across the Baltimore Harbor to complete the final segment of Interstate 95 in Maryland. However, it was determined that a bridge would have had a negative environmental and aesthetic impact on the nearby National Monument and Historic Site at Fort McHenry and the neighboring residential communities of Locust Point and Fells Point.
Neat!

(see previous complaining about Bengies) This time we didn't have to wait in line at the snack bar right before the movie (we wised up and got popcorn early), so we got to hear the entire rambling speech about reading the house rules and following the rules and how important they were, etc., etc. A bunch of old-timey clips played before the movie, about following the rules and all sorts of crap, including a short admonition to "Regularly visit a house of religious worship".

Also, the announcer guy often talks as the movie is starting, which is annoying. The Simpsons Movie (the first feature) starts with an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon, in which you briefly see a banner "Itchy/Hillary 2008". He then said something like "Sorry about the banner" or similar. (wasn't expecting to hear that so I wasn't listening for it) That made me kinda mad.

Here's an interesting problem I thought of as I was waiting in line at the bathroom - let's say there are two bathroom stalls occupied by people A and B, and one person C in line in front of you. Assuming that the people take a fixed amount of time (A takes a time, B takes b time, C takes c time), you can calculate the time until you get to enter a stall. Exercise for the reader: this time is clearly symmetric between A and B - is it symmetric between A and C? (I figured it out on my way out of the bathroom :-) )