Noah Corwin writes in to say…
Arrg! I almost forgot (um…avast) that it is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yes, it is a geek thing, like Pi Day (3/14), Mole Day (10/23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.), Towel Day, Darwin Day, and Friday (well maybe not Friday).
And while we’re on the topic of supreme nerds, Noah also notes Brian Greene and Dave Bayer both have an Erdös-Bacon number of 4, and David Albert has one of 7.
As per wikipedia:
“An individual’s Erdös-Bacon number is the sum of their Erdös number—which measures the “collaborative distance” in authoring mathematical papers between that individual and Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdös—and Bacon number—which represents the number of links, through roles in films, by which they are separated from actor Kevin Bacon. To have a finite Erdös-Bacon number, it is necessary (but not sufficient) for one to have both appeared in a film and co-authored an academic paper.”