India teen tells US how to save $400 million by changing font (via The Hindu)

A 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the U.S. save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the font used on official documents.

Suvir Mirchandani, a student in a Pittsburgh-area middle school, claimed that if the federal government used the Garamond font exclusively it could save about $136 million per year, nearly 30 per cent less than the estimated $467 dollars it spends annually on ink.

An additional $234 million could be saved annually if state governments also implemented the change.

Mirchandani said the idea came to him when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money as part of a science fair project at his school, CNN reported.

The youngster noticed that he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school and decided to figure out if he could minimize use of paper and ink.

While recycling paper was one way to save money and conserve resources, Mirchandani said little attention had been paid to the ink used on the papers.

“Ink is two times more expensive than French perfume by volume,” he said, adding that he then decided to focus his project on finding ways to cut down the cost of ink.

As part of his experiment, he collected random samples of teachers’ handouts and focused on the most commonly used characters such as e, t, a, o and r.

He noted how often each character was used in different fonts like Garamond, Times New Roman, Century Gothic and Comic Sans and then measured how much ink was used for each letter, using an ink coverage software.

From his analysis, Mirchandani figured out that by using the Garamond font with its thinner strokes, his school district could reduce its ink consumption by 24 per cent and in turn save as much as $21,000 annually.


He repeated his tests on five sample pages from documents on the Government Printing Office website and got similar results that changing the font would save money.

Mirchandani’s findings have been published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by a group of Harvard students in 2011 that provides a platform for the work of middle school and high school students.

One of the journal’s founders Sarah Fankhauser said that of the nearly 200 submissions they have received since 2011, Mirchandani’s project stood out.

“We were so impressed. We really could really see the real-world application in Suvir’s paper,” Fankhauser was quoted as saying…”








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can we talk about the colossal titan’s fucking proportions though


why does this fandom never talk about the colossal titans fucking proportions

I feel like the Attack on Titan fandom doesn’t give enough love to the Titans themselves and their terrifying, uncanny valley proportions.

They’re like the best part of the show.

…except the Colossal Titan’s proportions are realistic given his build? Like, you seriously cannot expect a 60 meter class to be built the same way as a 15 meter - even with how unbeliveably weightless the titans’ flesh is.

Colossal has the thick legs to support the entire weight of his body and a thick torso to facilitate the balance of having such a tall body. The reason why his arms are so thin in comparison is because they don’t need to support much of anything, really. Having arms that are in accurate proportion to the rest of his body would only slow the Colossal’s speed even more - something he absolutely does not need, given how slow he is already.

Furthermore, having a larger head would require having a larger and thicker neck to support it. Again, something that Colossal absolutely does not need, given how titans are only vulnerable at the back of the neck. Increasing the size of the weak spot is just suicide, especially in the case of Colossal, who does not have the speed whatsoever to effectively protect this vulnerability.

I think I found Hanji’s blog