BARS::Macomb, Illinois, 50 Miles to Maquon, Illinois

During mid-May of 2008, RoadHacker drove from Macomb, Illinois, to Maquon, Illinois. The 50 mile drive to Maquon involved driving through the towns/villages of Bushnell, Prairie City, Ellisville, and London Mills. The following imaginary road sign could have been seen when leaving Macomb.

The imaginary road sign says...

   +--------------------+    (population)
   | Bushnell        16 |    (3221)
   | Prairie City    22 |    ( 461)
   | Ellisville      30 |    (  87)
   | London Mills    38 |    ( 447)
   | Maquon          50 |    ( 318)
   +--------------------+

   * mileages from Maps.Yahoo.com
   * census 2000 populations from Wikipedia.org
   the numbers are:  16  22  30  38  50

   the math is:  50 - 30 - sqrt(38 - 22) = 16

   observe...
      38 - 22 = 16
      sqrt(16) = 4

   more math:  50 - 38 + 22 - 30 = sqrt(16)

   [solve for 'n']  50 - 38 + n - 30 = sqrt(16)

Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 18 May 2008

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