# Did You Know March 30 Is International Give Away an ARC of Fuzzy Nation on Whatever Day?

It totally is! I have a proclamation from the United Nations and everything! Actually, it’s not from the UN, it’s from my cat. And he didn’t so much proclaim it so much as stare at me unblinkingly with his implacable predator eyes. But that’s not important now. What is important is that I’m giving away an ARC of Fuzzy Nation here on Whatever. Today. March 30. 2011. I will even sign and personalize it for you, you lucky, lucky dog, you.

How can you win it? Easy:

1. I have thought of a number between 1 and 1,000 and told it to my wife WHO DOES NOT LIE for third party verification of that number.

2. In the comment thread, guess which number I thought of.

3. If you guessed right, you win!

4. You can only guess one number, and you can only guess once.

5. If two people post the same correct number, the first person who posted it wins (if two people post the same wrong number, then, well. You’re both wrong).

6. If no one picks the number, the closest number to the number I picked will win. In the event that there are two people picking numbers equidistant from the winning number (i.e., one higher, one lower), the winner will be the lower number. Because I said so, that’s why.

7. Contest open until 11:59:59pm Eastern, March 30, 2011.

8. I’ll announce the winner sometime tomorrow.

So: Pick a number.

### 1358 Comments on “Did You Know March 30 Is International Give Away an ARC of Fuzzy Nation on Whatever Day?”

1. Sounds like 278 would be the optimal guess to me :)

2. 42 duh!

3. 327

4. 663!

5. 597

6. My guess? 418 (not that you’d stoop to using your wife’s birthday as a way of ingratiating yourself yet again…)

7. 728

8. Did I know? No, no I did not. :)

But the number is obviously, definitely 521. Ish.

9. 665

10. 3

11. I’m going to go with pi.

12. 346.

13. This prime choice: 691

14. 428

15. 47

(I’ve re-read the Fuzzy canon in preparation)

16. 697

17. 432

18. 637

19. Ummm…739?

20. 262

21. Is it 223?

22. 43

23. 333

24. Errr 731

25. 701

26. 11

27. 367

28. 374

29. 229

30. 113

31. 001

As in “Sector” as in “Earth” as in “We will assimilate your culture.”

32. 481…

33. 983

34. 6

35. 263

36. 673

37. 181, and not a penny over.

38. 613

39. 392

40. 21

41. 330

42. The tumor in my colon says it’s 317, but he’s usually wrong.

43. 383!

44. 4

Thanks for having let me win.

45. 735

46. 818

47. 698.

48. 29

49. 282

50. 17

51. 526.

52. 472

because I said so

53. 264

54. I’m going with 412

55. 44

56. 537

57. 401

58. According to my precise and arbitrary calculations based on arbitrary mind control factors… 313!

59. I will say 666 as the dark one is on my team!

60. 869

61. 143

62. Clearly it is #479

63. 594 (thanks, random.org!)

64. 7

65. 471 *crosses fingers*

67. 336

68. 376

69. I’ll stick with my number, but I wanted to say $1 because I love it when people win the price is right’s contestants row with that. 70. 736 71. 782, on the nose. 72. 257 73. 583! 74. 442 75. 387! 76. I’ll stick with 472, but I wanted to say$1 because I love it when people win the price is right’s contestants row with that.

77. 11

78. 777

79. 38

80. 602

81. 227

82. 763!

83. 239

84. 0421

85. 452

86. 744 ! It must be right!

87. 510 (aka Fuzzy Nation release day)

88. 345

89. 842

90. 222

91. 333

92. I know regular expressions!

^([0-9]|[1-9][0-9]|[1-9][0-9][0-9])\$

Legitimate guess, Benford’s Law-compliant: 123.

93. 815

94. Hi,

I’m thinking: 823

95. 843

96. 867

97. There is only one number equidistant between 1 and 1,000, that is 500.

Please send me my book now, I am almost finished with my other one and need something to read.

98. 247

99. 242

Because it’s twice as good as 42. In certain numbering systems.

100. 639!

101. 101

102. 414!

103. 901

104. 599

105. I’ll say 768

106. 1

107. Crap. I just saw 510 was taken. I’ll say 509 (Midnight release?)

108. She’s real fine (my 409).

109. Opps, 1 is taken, 600

110. 530

111. 446

112. 430

113. My number is 88.

114. 121

115. 723

116. 912

117. 911!

118. 349

(And thank you!)

119. 813!

120. 279

121. 996.

122. 245

123. Put me down for a 561 please!

124. 749

125. I was going to say 867, but I see that is already taken. I will go with 7 instead

Again, my number is 7.

Also, I just got around to reading Zoe’s Tale yesterday. I am glad I added it to my library!

126. 99

127. 923

128. 231

129. 415

130. my guess is number 11.

131. 994

132. I’m going with 27 as the number.

133. 347. I am win.

134. my guess: 4

135. 689

136. 217

137. 987

138. It is number 1, and I’ll even tell you why – because that was Little Fuzzy’s number. :)

139. 741

It’ll be interesting doing a stat plot of the guesses vice the actual number.

140. 368
John is the best!

141. 826 is still free, so that’ll be mine then.

142. 759.

I think I can, I think I can…

143. 479

144. Gavin says 189

145. 878

146. 525 , because. Just because.

147. I’ll say 358.

148. 718

149. 678

150. 582

151. I’ll guess 997.

I didn’t look at any of the previous comments, either.

152. Here’s my guess for the key to the Fuzzy Nation review copy:
64
(03+30+20+11).
thanks for giving us suckers a chance.

153. 232

154. 702

155. 994

156. 255

157. My guess is 404.

158. 267

159. 384

Thanks!

160. Oh darn, it’s 30 isn’t it?

161. My guess is 434

162. I somehow feel quite sure it’s 327, but since that’s already taken (damn!), I’ll go with 857.

163. 742

164. 872

165. Made my friend pick the number, so it’s her fault when I lose: 738

166. 520

167. 499

168. 768, sir.

I’m a big H. Beam Piper fan, so I’m looking forward to this book either way.

169. 347, no good reason

170. 534. Was going to go with 42, but that’s already spoke for.

171. 462

172. ONE DOLLAR!!!

Wait, I mean… 397.

173. Three, the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop.

174. 1,000

175. 723.

176. 142

177. I humbly submit the number 12.

178. 713, which is my birthday.

179. 386

180. 467

181. 427

182. 42

183. 591

184. 12

185. 127!

186. 3

187. 986

188. 410

189. 639

190. 641

I love you! (kiss kiss). I love your wife! I love your daughter! I even love your cat and his predatory stare!

(and I mean this is in a totally non-creepy way!)

191. 48

192. 783

193. 555

194. 813

195. 6

196. 13

197. 163

198. 117

199. 581

200. 2

201. 573

202. 51

203. 345

204. 714

205. 721

206. 288

207. 141

208. 658

209. 313

210. 337

211. 98.

212. 333 because it is the number of atoms in a hokfusine molecule

213. 332

214. I’m going with 277. Because it’s as awesome as I am.

215. 428
Drat, on iPhone, can’t search to see if it’s been chosen already. :(

216. My first 4 guesses were already taken, so.
992

217. 646

218. 364

219. i’m guessing 346 ?

220. 627

221. 675

222. 886

223. 222 even though you’re not old enough to remember it, but I love the symmetry of the number.

224. 587

225. My guess is 80
I requested #80 for ST press’ special edition of Zoe’s tale. If I win there is something cosmic going on!

226. 532

227. 72

228. pi

229. 454.

(Your wife is the coolest, eveh!)

230. 564

231. 235

232. 178!

233. 927 :)

234. 312

235. 389.

236. 404!

237. 616

238. I’m going to hope my “Find on this page” search was correct and go with 727.

239. 830 my birthday – nice advance present.

240. 629

241. 435

242. 497

Just skimmed through many comments before I realised I could ctrl-F my number …

243. 745 FTW!

Well, probably not, but…

244. 314. I like pie, too.

245. I’d guess 1223 (Athena’s birthday) but that doesn’t work. So I’ll say 223.

246. 997
Although I probably should choose a number that Daisy can bark out, just as an extra confirmation of your beautiful wife’s veracity. But the existence of such a back-up plan was not mentioned in the text, so 997.

247. 107

248. 768

249. I’m going to go with 950.

250. Oh, great. All the good numbers are gone. I guess I’ll have to pick 437.

251. I’ve just realize that number 3 was already taken :( (fist guess post #329 )
my new guess is the number 111

252. 517

253. 433

254. 824

255. 258

256. 227!

257. 859

258. 956.

259. 105

(My son’s birthday is 5/10/2000 … but as that # has already been picked (! Left Coast penalty !) I’ll go w/ another version of it & hope for the best.

Good luck all!

260. 2

Which has the advantage that nobody else has picked it, anyway. ;)

261. 789

262. 510

263. I’m going with 3.

264. 623

265. 315

266. 424

267. 249

268. 683

269. 82.

I can’t believe I had to try 6 different numbers until I found one not already taken.

270. 737. Like the jet. But not, because it’s just a number and not in fact an airplane.

271. 129

272. My guess – 922.

In the unlikely event of winning, I’m quite happy to chip in for international shipping!

273. 626?

274. 487

275. 337

276. 649

277. 511!

278. i didn’t hear anything about whole numbers…

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510
58209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679
82148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128
48111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196
44288109756659334461284756482337867831652712019091
45648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273
72458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436
78925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094
33057270365759591953092186117381932611793105118548
07446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912
98336733624406566430860213949463952247371907021798

279. 69

280. 486

281. 812

282. 918

283. 502

284. the answer is clearly 413. (unless it is 612. But 1st answers only)

285. 601.

286. 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094 3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912 9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132 0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235 4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837 2978049951 0597317328 1609631859 5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035 2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303 5982534904 2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 6611195909 2164201989 3809525720 1065485863 2788659361 5338182796 8230301952 0353018529 6899577362 2599413891 2497217752 8347913151 5574857242 4541506959 * 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 4811174502 8410270193 8521105559 6446229489 5493038196 4428810975 6659334461 2847564823 3786783165 2712019091 4564856692 3460348610 4543266482 1339360726 0249141273 7245870066 0631558817 4881520920 9628292540 9171536436 7892590360 0113305305 4882046652 1384146951 9415116094 3305727036 5759591953 0921861173 8193261179 3105118548 0744623799 6274956735 1885752724 8912279381 8301194912 9833673362 4406566430 8602139494 6395224737 1907021798 6094370277 0539217176 2931767523 8467481846 7669405132 0005681271 4526356082 7785771342 7577896091 7363717872 1468440901 2249534301 4654958537 1050792279 6892589235 4201995611 2129021960 8640344181 5981362977 4771309960 5187072113 4999999837 2978049951 0597317328 1609631859 5024459455 3469083026 4252230825 3344685035 2619311881 7101000313 7838752886 5875332083 8142061717 7669147303 5982534904 2875546873 1159562863 8823537875 9375195778 1857780532 1712268066 1300192787 6611195909 2164201989 3809525720 1065485863 2788659361 5338182796 8230301952 0353018529 6899577362 2599413891 2497217752 8347913151 5574857242 4541506959

287. 92

288. 722

289. 228

290. 177

291. 556

// Instant win? I do this to avoid flooding the messages here and help you do it quickly,
for( int i = 0 ; i < 1000 ; i++ )
PostNumberMessage( "whatever.scalzi.com", i );

292. 527

All the other numbers have been picking on my number and making it feel bad.

There, there, 527, don’t cry.

You’ll show them.

293. 304

294. 982.

Also, I have a friend who works at the UN and he assures me that they call your cat for help with those proclamation things.

295. 832

296. $\int_{-1}^{7}\left( 6x+14 \right) \ dx$.

297. 777

298. i’ll take whatever’s left.

299. 422!

300. 683. Not clever enough by half, but at least no-one else guessed it yet. I hope.

301. 734

302. 766

303. 579

304. 417

305. 414

306. 429

307. 310

308. 21

309. 212

310. Jober, your regex covers 0-999, not 1-1000. Perl hacker fail.

311. I’ll go with 49.

312. 876

313. 102

314. And I’ll take 147 because nobody else has yet.

315. 674!

316. 864 – I feel it in my water…

317. Although, The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is…42. It has already been given.

I choose 123. (No, it is no the combination to my luggage).

318. 892

319. 293

320. 577

321. 153 is the ticket!