Thursday, February 2, 2017

Math and Shawshank

During the climactic scene of The Shawshank Redemption, Red narrates that Andy had to crawl 500 yards to escape:
Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can't even imagine.  Or maybe I just don't want to.  Five hundred yards.  That's the length of five football fields.  Just shy of half a mile. 
So...does Red just suck at math?  Half a mile is 2,640 feet, and Andy crawled 1,500 feet.  That's a difference of 1,140 feet. It's not really "just shy." It's only 57% of the "half a mile" distance.  Don't get me wrong, it's still one of the best scenes from my favorite movie, but it's the sort of dialogue you wind up thinking about twenty years later.

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