This April Fools joke challenged a couple of our ace programmers at the University of Minnesota Computer Center with that April, 1975 issue. They of course, were stymied to find out with a simple program whether Gardner was correct because insidiously, the fractional part contains 9′s from digits 19 through 30!

So one of these ace programmers, Kevin Mathews, wrote his own multiple-precision arithmetic routines in software which computed in excess of 50 significant digits and discovered the hoax!

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100(a+2b+2c)+10(c+2b+2a)+b+2a+2c=3194

Even though that’s not very useful…

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