Shortly after the Spring 2008 semester ended, RoadHacker drove from Joliet, Illinois, to Warsaw, Illinois. The first 114 miles of the roadtrip was from Joliet to McLean via I-55. At McLean, we headed west 124 miles on US Hwy-136 to Hamilton. At Hamilton, we went south seven miles on Warsaw-Hamilton Road to Warsaw (pop. 1800).

The following is an imaginary road sign that could have existed along westbound US Hwy-136 at McLean.

The imaginary road sign says...

+----------------------+ (populations) | San Jose 23 | (696) | Havana 47 | (3577) [Mason County seat] | Duncans Mills 57 | (301) | Ipava 64 | (506) | Table Grove 70 | (396) | Adair 75 | (426) | Macomb 87 | (18,558) [McDonough County seat] | Colchester 94 | (1493) | Tennessee 97 | (144) | Carthage 113 | (2725) [Hancock County seat] | Elvaston 119 | (152) | Hamilton 124 | (3029) +----------------------+ * mileages from Maps.Yahoo.com * census 2000 populations from Wikipedia.org except for Adair and Duncans Mills via BestPlaces.netthe numbers are: 23 47 57 64 70 75 87 94 97 113 119 124 enter sandbox (math playground)... square number: 64 [sqrt(64) = 8] prime numbers: 23 47 97 113 97 + 47 - 23 = 121 [sqrt(121) = 11] prime factorizations: 124 = 2 * 2 * 31 119 = 7 * 17 94 = 2 * 47 87 = 3 * 29 75 = 3 * 5 * 5 70 = 2 * 5 * 7 57 = 3 * 19 124 - 119 = 5 ... 70 / 5 = 14 113 - 94 = 19 ... 57 / 19 = 3 87 - 75 = 12 the numbers become: 3 8 11 12 14 11 + 14 = 25 [sqrt(25) = 5] 12 - 3 = 9 [sqrt(9) = 3] 5 + 3 = 8 We've got a BARS! ...exit sandbox the numbers are: 23 47 57 64 70 75 87 94 97 113 119 124 the math is: sqrt(64) = sqrt(sqrt(97 + 47 - 23) + (70 / (124 - 119))) + sqrt(87 - 75 - (57 / (113 - 94)))

**Creator:** Gerald Thurman
[gthurman@gmail.com]

**Created:** 18 May 2008

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