Bracketology or Bracket-OH MY-ology?
I wondered over the weekend: If i wanted to be assured of winning my men's college basketball tournament bracket office pool by picking every game correctly, how many different combinations are there in the 63-game format?
Having no clue how to calculate such an equation, I whipped out my cell phone and consulted my favorite source for all things trivial and often nonsensical: ChaCha. ChaCha is a mobile search engine that provides answers to questions users ask while on the go via text message. (Simply text your question to 242 242. Normal text charges from your carrier apply.)
I figured the number of combinations was large, but I had no idea how large. ChaCha’s reply: 18,446,744,073,709,551,616.
That’s 18+ quintillion. I had to look that up, too. Thanks Wikipedia.
If you took 18 quintillion pennies and laid them out flat like a carpet, they would cover the surface of the earth – 36 times. Talk about a long shot!
I think I’ll stick to my one bracket and just enjoy the “madness.”