Odd Nugget Social-done

Such a deceptively simple puzzle as the Tower of Hanoi comes from a surprisingly interesting apocalyptic legend.

Don’t worry though, according to the legend, there’s plenty of time left for us before Earth goes bye bye.

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Although the legend itself comes in multiple flavors, featuring various exotic locations, it takes its name from the version situated in Hanoi, Vietnam.

According to the legend, a temple of some sort sits in a secluded space. Within the temple, 3 time-worn posts stand surrounded by 64 golden disks. A team of monks move these discs in accordance with an ancient prophecy which states that the puzzle’s completion will coincide with the world’s end.

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These are VERY diligent monks, ok?

According to careful calculation, considering the legend to be true, it would take them 585 billion years to finish the puzzle at a rate of 1 move per second. Guess we won’t be around to see the apocalypse.

A smaller version of the puzzle, with only 9 discs takes a total of 511 moves at the least to complete. Woah.

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