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    Default It's all greek to me (fifth illustration)

    The first obvious lie-error in this illustration is in the triangle, since by pythagoras theorem (a^2=b^2+c^2) the hypotenuse should be the square root of 5 and not 3.

    Also the first olympic flag was used in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, which makes the appearance of the flag in the illustration an anacronysm.

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    Ha! I was hoping nobody else remembered their high school math.
    When I first saw this, I wondered if it was an error on the author's part and not the intended lie. But then I read the story and he talked about quantum mechanics. Anyone who knows the Pauli Exclusion principle would know the pythagorean theorem.

    I wonder why the into poem says every picture tell a lie, singular? Is there supposed to be just one lie? Or, are these errors and anachronisms not the lie promised?


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    Well, the flag may be an anachronism, but so are the tank tops and shorts--all Greek Olympic athletics were performed nude. The poem actually alludes to this, so the whole pictured race is out of place.

    It's also difficult to tell what artistic license is and what is supposed to be accurate. I'm assuming that the soldier on top of the Trojan horse is art, since the horse was large enough to hold several dozen men.

    The only event at the first Olympics was a single run. Javelin, discus and other runs were added much later--as was wrestling. The stakes in the picture in front of the Parthenon's facade may be indicative of that initial race, the Stade, which required runners to pass through one set of stakes, to another set somewhere down the track. There were usually five.

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