The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

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The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Nick_A » Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:39 am

Charles H. Wadanabe never accepted the impossible. He had read of a problem that he believed he could solve through experimentation. He lived on a farm of many acres with his devoted wife and three children. At the age of forty five he decided to place a bench on his farm and measure off an exact mile from the bench. At that point he erected a starting stand and placed a strong weather proof ruler on the ground that would measure off the mile by inches.

Then he announced on days of good weather he would attempt to walk half the distance to the bench. On the first day he walked half a mile and placed a marker. He returned to the marker on the next day and again walked half the distance to the bench and placed another marker. It rained on the next day but on the following day he returned to the marker and again walked half the distance to the bench. Each day he walked half the distance to the bench. He continued this method until he collapsed of a heart attack just a short distance from the bench insisting that his goal was within his grasp. His gravestone replaced the bench and on it was written: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

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Post by Dalek Prime » Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:09 am

Nothing ventured, nothing lost.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Arising_uk » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:50 pm

Two things really, one he should have moved to a sunnier clime and two, was he remarking his ruler? As he should find that he reaches the limit of his rule at the moment he sits down on the bench I'd have thought?

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Nick_A » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:34 pm

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Two things really, one he should have moved to a sunnier clime and two, was he remarking his ruler? As he should find that he reaches the limit of his rule at the moment he sits down on the bench I'd have thought?
Charles thought the same and that he would shortly be sitting on the bench enjoying a cold one but gradually began to believe it could never happen. It is rumored that the horror of this revelation brought him to suicide. Of course for the sake of his family the community denies this as rubbish. But it could be that as each day passed and Charles moved half the distance closer, he realized he could never reach his goal. He would always be a half short of it. He simply couldn't tolerate always being short of his goal by necessity even though the bench seemed so close. He finally took poison and collapsed on the ground.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Arising_uk » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:12 pm

Nick_A wrote:Charles thought the same and that he would shortly be sitting on the bench enjoying a cold one but gradually began to believe it could never happen. It is rumored that the horror of this revelation brought him to suicide. Of course for the sake of his family the community denies this as rubbish. But it could be that as each day passed and Charles moved half the distance closer, he realized he could never reach his goal. He would always be a half short of it. He simply couldn't tolerate always being short of his goal by necessity even though the bench seemed so close. He finally took poison and collapsed on the ground.
He was an idiot then as from what you say he was either remaking his rule or living where the sun never shone. Should have moved to a sunnier clime or kept his rule and basked upon his bench.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by vegetariantaxidermy » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:44 pm

This might be a stupid question, but what exactly was he trying to do?

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Nick_A » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:44 am

vege asked:
This might be a stupid question, but what exactly was he trying to do?
He was trying to verify his hypothesis that if he traveled half the distance to his destination each day he would eventually reach it. A true man of science willing to die for research.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by vegetariantaxidermy » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:56 am

Nick_A wrote:vege asked:
This might be a stupid question, but what exactly was he trying to do?
He was trying to verify his hypothesis that if he traveled half the distance to his destination each day he would eventually reach it. A true man of science willing to die for research.
Ok. I get it now. It's a bit like the age catch-up story.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Arising_uk » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:23 pm

Hopefully he won a Darwin Award.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Dalek Prime » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:24 am

Nick_A wrote:vege asked:
This might be a stupid question, but what exactly was he trying to do?
He was trying to verify his hypothesis that if he traveled half the distance to his destination each day he would eventually reach it. A true man of science willing to die for research.
He could have figured this out, easily, by division on paper. And then taught himself calculus.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Nick_A » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:01 am

D P wrote:
He could have figured this out, easily, by division on paper. And then taught himself calculus.
You underestimate the value and attraction of personal experience. Once word got out in the community that a scientific experiment was being carried out on the Wadanabe farm, people came from miles around to witness the experiment. So for their convenience Charles scheduled his walk to begin at 2:00 PM on each day weather permitting. So by the time Charles was within approx 100' of the bench people began taking bets on what day he would sit on the bench. Obviously calculus was out of the question. People demanded experiential proof.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Arising_uk » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:01 pm

And they would have got it if he obviously hadn't been re-scaling his rule all the time, as he would have bumped into his bench trying to cover an inch.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Dalek Prime » Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:24 pm

Nick_A wrote:D P wrote:
He could have figured this out, easily, by division on paper. And then taught himself calculus.
You underestimate the value and attraction of personal experience. Once word got out in the community that a scientific experiment was being carried out on the Wadanabe farm, people came from miles around to witness the experiment. So for their convenience Charles scheduled his walk to begin at 2:00 PM on each day weather permitting. So by the time Charles was within approx 100' of the bench people began taking bets on what day he would sit on the bench. Obviously calculus was out of the question. People demanded experiential proof.
He wasted his life doing the obvious. He could have made a pie, and served an 'infinite' number of his onlookers in one day, if he needed physical proof so badly, and lived to perform a more useful experiment the next. What an idiot.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by vegetariantaxidermy » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:04 pm

Dalek Prime wrote:
Nick_A wrote:D P wrote:
He could have figured this out, easily, by division on paper. And then taught himself calculus.
You underestimate the value and attraction of personal experience. Once word got out in the community that a scientific experiment was being carried out on the Wadanabe farm, people came from miles around to witness the experiment. So for their convenience Charles scheduled his walk to begin at 2:00 PM on each day weather permitting. So by the time Charles was within approx 100' of the bench people began taking bets on what day he would sit on the bench. Obviously calculus was out of the question. People demanded experiential proof.
He wasted his life doing the obvious. He could have made a pie, and served an 'infinite' number of his onlookers in one day, if he needed physical proof so badly, and lived to perform a more useful experiment the next. What an idiot.
I think Nick is just trying to god-bother again. I know his god is poked in there somewhere.

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Re: The Passing of Charles H. Wadanabe

Post by Dalek Prime » Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:38 am

vegetariantaxidermy wrote:
Dalek Prime wrote:
Nick_A wrote:D P wrote:

You underestimate the value and attraction of personal experience. Once word got out in the community that a scientific experiment was being carried out on the Wadanabe farm, people came from miles around to witness the experiment. So for their convenience Charles scheduled his walk to begin at 2:00 PM on each day weather permitting. So by the time Charles was within approx 100' of the bench people began taking bets on what day he would sit on the bench. Obviously calculus was out of the question. People demanded experiential proof.
He wasted his life doing the obvious. He could have made a pie, and served an 'infinite' number of his onlookers in one day, if he needed physical proof so badly, and lived to perform a more useful experiment the next. What an idiot.
I think Nick is just trying to god-bother again. I know his god is poked in there somewhere.
Somewhere between Wadanabe and the bench, I presume. No wonder the fool could never reach it.

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