Today, of all days, anything is possible. The laws of man and god are subverted by that of Murphy. This day is made doubly potent by its placement before the geek's darkest day of the year: Valentine's Day. And during this day on which anything that can go wrong will go wrong, it seems that even the cold truth of mathematics itself has failed. Specifically, two equals one. Damn. You shoulda been more consistent with the salt, garlic and Haitian door totems.

But does two actually equal one? Does the following proof demonstrate the failing of math as a rational science and thus the end reason, logic, the New York Times Sunday delivery, and an ordered society? Or is there a trick? Save us, dear geek! Find the trick and restore order to the universe! And do it without Googling, you slackers.

“Proof” That 2 = 1

a = b
a2 = ab
a2 – b2 = ab-b2
(a-b)(a+b) = b(a-b)
a+b = b
b+b = b
2b = b
2 = 1

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