. @christianp has turned into a one-man plug for the holes in Wolfram Alpha. I’m genuinely impressed.

— Colin Beveridge (@icecolbeveridge) February 28, 2015

For a while, I’ve been following this cool Twitter account that tweets questions Wolfram|Alpha can’t answer. The genius of it is that the questions all look like things that you could half-imagine the solution algorithm for at a glance, and many of them look like the kinds of questions Wolfram like to give as examples when they’re showing off how clever their system is.

Questions like this:

number of words between "landslide" and "Beelzebub" in Bohemian Rhapsody

— Wolfram|Alpha Can't (@wacnt) January 22, 2015

The answer to that is 278. How do I know that? I know that because I went on a little problem-solving binge answering the questions that Wolfram|Alpha can’t.