“For the right price, I’ll look the other way.”- Jiminy Cricket
“When Will I Ever Use This” Be Damned! Hitman Credits Kill to Effective Calculation with Compass, Protractor, Pythagorean Theorem
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Taking a moment to reflect on all those times he defiantly told his teachers, "I'll never need to use this again anyway, so what's the point?" local hitman Sam Ellis couldn't help but admit that the American education system he once passionately loathed had surprisingly prepared him for his career after graduation. Staring down the sight of his scope, a complex problem presented itself, and he skillfully solved it to eliminate his intended target, using nothing but a compass, protractor, and the Pythagorean theorem.
"So, there I was, lying prone on the roof of a twenty-story building, peering down my scope at a window eight stories up in a building three-quarters of a mile away. As luck would have it, I had been cleaning out my old room since my parents sold the house, and I stumbled upon my old compass and protractor on my desk. I couldn't tell you why I put them in my pocket, but boy am I glad I did."
Ellis etched a circle on a piece of scrap paper using the compass, with the radius equal to the distance from himself to the target. Then, with the assistance of his protractor, Ellis calculated the precise angle he'd need to shoot, accounting for the difference in their heights off the ground, transforming the situation into a complex right scalene triangle.
"That's when it hit me—the Pythagorean theorem—A2 + B2 = C2! I found the distance of the longest side, which, coincidentally, was the trajectory for the shot I was about to take. With the distances all laid out, I only had to adjust for a light 5-mile-per-hour south-southwest wind. And bang! My .50 cal found its way right into that guy's chest," Ellis chuckled.
"I guess I owe Mr. K an apology. Funny how life works sometimes, huh?"
At the printing of this newsletter, Ellis was seen in a local coffee shop surrounded by crumpled pieces of scratch paper, crunching the numbers of a new problem: "If my target boards a train from Berlin traveling at 90 miles per hour, and I board a train two hours later from Amsterdam traveling at 205 miles per hour, will I have time to savor a croissant before I murder him in Paris?"
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