Poll Suggestion: So Adorkable!

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Which of these movie nerds played by non-geeky-looking actors would you say is the most "adorkable"?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls063573442/
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Just found out that list was pending for two years, any suggestions are welcome but with pictures, it would be better, not sure I should include Jerry Lewis as the Nutty professor.
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“Jerry Lewis as the Nutty professor” why not? He created the character. And since you included a dead actor, Cary Grant, why not include Jerry?
Garry Cooper in Ball Of Fire (1941). I know that one specially because over at the Satchmo polls, I was talking about it’s musical remake “A Song Is Born” starring Danny Kaye in Garry Cooper’s role. They are both based on the same Billy short story ”From A to Z”.
Just take every single name from the caption of this picture from Real Genius https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089886/...
And don’t forget The Breakfast Club” Anthony Michael Hall.
“Family Natters” you know who...
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I wanted to stick on 'characters with glasses' because that's the cinematic way to turn a stud into a nerd, I'll consider your suggestions... ( butno "Family Matters", this is about movie nerds and I think actor Jaleel White is mostly associated with Steeve Urkel so I'm not sure he fits the description, that's why I didn't include Harry Potter... maybe I should.)
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That was “Billy Wilder short story.
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I had to demonstrate this one, during an oral test, it took me half the blackboard but I remember the satisfaction when I immediately thought of introducing the natural logarithm. The next question was tricky:

If you have "n" holes, numbered from 1 to n, and "n" balls, also numbered. Suppose you're blindfold and put each ball in one hole. What are the odds of not having a single coincidence? (which means no "ball i" in "hole i", i being included between 1 and n)

Next question of course, what is the limit of that probably when "n" goes to infinity?
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Aaah, clever.

The probability is given by B(n, 1/n), correct?
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If you're talking about the second one, the trick is to take the opposite event, which is "having at least one coincidence" and then separate it into a set of different events "having 1 coincidence and only 1", "having 2 coincidences and only 2" until "n".
Since these events aren't compatible with each other, we agree that the combination equals the sum, so once you determine an event "i" in terms of "i" and then you calculate the sum and define the limit when "n" goes to infinity.
And the trick is that it uses the result of the previous question.
I remember the final answer was 1/e.
Aaah, memories.
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I must be going nuts under this Covid lockdown, because I actually played with it.



PS. my previous post should have read B(n, 1-1/n)
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Lol I can't believe I found an even worse math freak than me... well done, man!
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You clearly have not interacted sufficiently with Dan Dassow.

You need to look at his "favourite books" on Narni's poll suggestion.

Edit: I just realised using the Binomial Distribution in this case was unnecessary overkill. We simply need to observe that we need an event with probability ( 1 - 1/n ) to occur n times, and the result follows immediately.
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You clearly have not interacted sufficiently with Dan Dassow.
Damn, I wish I did.

Math is like a second, or maybe third passion... it's been like 20 years that I tried to solve that equation, it's driving me crazy.

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I have no passions, except Proof.

And I do not mean mathematical Proof.

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O, I mentioned that because supposedly most human beings who have ever existed found/find facial feature dimensions that conform to the golden ratio to form the most attractive faces.
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Narnia,

Try this one. It's MUCH EASIER than it appears.

Narni is on her way to visit her Grandma, who lives at the end of the valley. It's her birthday, and Narni want to give her the cupcakes she's made.

Between Narni's house and Grandma's house, she have to cross 7 bridges, and as it goes in the land of make believe, there is a troll under every bridge! Each troll, quite rightly, insists that you pay a troll toll. Before you can cross their bridge, you have to give them half of the cakes you are carrying, but as they are kind trolls, they each give you back a single cake.

How many cakes does Narni have to leave home with to make sure that she arrives at Grandma's with exactly 2 cakes?
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Question: Do I give each troll half my cakes, or does all seven get them collectively?
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Each one gets half your cakes, and then gives you one back.

This is repeated for each of the seven trolls.
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Oh, wow... I been thinking about it for a while.  I have no clue.  I am terrible at math.  :/
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I'll just take a stab in the dark and guess 70 cakes?
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No.

Think about what you WANT to happen at the LAST BRIDGE, the one just before you reach Grandma's house.

You'll have the answer immediately.
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Hmm... 2 cakes?  Yes, I think that's it!  :D
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:) :)

See, math can be fun!
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LOL!  Wow, that was pretty obvious... more like a riddle than a math problem.  That makes it a lot better.  :)
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Mathematics education is all wrong.

Don't even get me started, it will be a long, long rant.
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Talia / Abi,

As a kindred spirit who has loved math since kindergarten, may I humbly suggest you create a poll related to STEM.

http://mypollwatch.blogspot.com/2018/06/categories.html#STEM
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I'll try and think of something :)
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Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby
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It's so obvious I'm not even gonna state my pick.  ;)
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Seconded
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Done :)
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mmm I'm afraid sunglasses don't count 
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Not only is Rachael Leigh Cook  as Laney Boggs adorkable, she is adorable.
Rachael Leigh Cook in Shes All That 1999
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Guys only?
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/mediaviewer/rm1109617152
(Technician, clever women in 'Robocop', stumbling backwards after kissing Robocop at the Sylvester party)
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Brody from 'Jaws'. He is the clever guy, but closely misses to get eaten by the big white. He is a little nerdy, but also Clumsy in some scenes.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/mediaviewer/rm3986050048
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The young woman in 'Final Destination 5', which got her eyes fixed by a laser operation. She looks smart, but can't save her eyes with her free hands. She's a fool indeed!
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Guys only, i'm afraid. Originally, the list was about nerds played by hunky actors (like Arnie or Tom Selleck), I didn't mind expand it to other pretty-looking (though not epitomes of virility) actors. The reason why I didn't consider women is because I think there's an already existing poll about movie female geeks and most of them were wearing glasses so I didn't want the polls to overlap.
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Elmo, if you have remaining space on your list, would you consider television characters?
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If you mean the "usual" nerdy looking characters like in "The Big Bang Theory" or Steeve Urkel, the poll isn't exactly about them, in fact the equation is simple:

- if we have only 5 or 6 "adorkable" TV characters played by virile actors, I'd rather stick to a movie poll

- if we can have at least 10 TV characters,then I'd rather make a second list

Either ways, it'd be better to have only movie characters here :)
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