ACEP Measures the Emperor’s Nose


A long time ago, in a faraway and mythical country which we’ll call China, everyone wanted to know how long the Emperor’s nose was. Of course to look at the Emperor’s visage was punishable by death. But so many people were curious, that a group of sages got together to look for a method of finding the answer, and this is what they came up with.

Questionnaires were printed and sent out in bundles to cooperating village chiefs, who distributed them to the peasants. Literacy was at a sufficient level that most were able to complete the single question, which was, of course: “How long do you think the Emperor’s nose is?”

When the forms were collected, mathematicians added up all the values, and divided by the number of forms. Thus it was known that the length of the Emperor’s nose was 6.734602 cm.

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