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Geplaatst op 07 maart 2009 - 14:45


Mathematicians find new answers to the still puzzling theorem that four colors suffice to color any map.

In 1852, botanist Francis Guthrie noticed something peculiar as he was coloring a map of counties in England. Despite the countiesí meandering shapes and varied configurations, four colors were all he needed to shade the map so that any two bordering counties were different colors. Perhaps, he speculated, four colors were enough for any map.

"Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of great spiritual power. We know this because they are capable of being invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can't see them."

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