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 Post subject: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:24 am 
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Just thought I would share this link someone posted to me on facebook

Some University janitor had been secretly working on this for 7 years....apparently

Anyone else hear about this?

Is it old news?

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http://www.viralnova.com/unsolvable-maze/

one of the pictures here.

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:36 am 
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A Google search reveals pages about this maze dated to January last year, so it's not exactly new news, but still quite interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:46 am 
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you can also buy it here
http://shop.spoon-tamago.com/collection ... papas-maze

shame the big picture of it isn't higher resolution.

Its fantastic, but I don't think i'd pay $40.00 to fail at a maze lol.....maybe I would.....I am considering it.

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:19 am 
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I saw this on Facebook today and wondered:
Is it really a maze? Or is it just maze-like in its appearance?

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:44 pm 
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Lightweight.

Seriously though, I have been tempted by this, but not for $40.

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:33 pm 
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Interesting weave of tubes. There is mention of it being unsolvable but I wonder if they mean it really has no path adjoining the presumed start from finish or if they just mean it's really hard in the same sense that the Rubik's cube is "unsolvable".

The tubes are pretty easy for our brain to follow but seem like they would give computer solving a very hard time. It would be interesting to see what computer vision folks can do with the thing.

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:55 pm 
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JasonSmith wrote:
I saw this on Facebook today and wondered:
Is it really a maze? Or is it just maze-like in its appearance?

Brandon Enright wrote:
Interesting weave of tubes. There is mention of it being unsolvable but I wonder if they mean it really has no path adjoining the presumed start from finish or if they just mean it's really hard in the same sense that the Rubik's cube is "unsolvable".
I too find this very interesting. Looking at the pictures I haven't spotted anything that looks like a clear start or a clear end. So the first question... is this even a maze? If yes, then I would really love to know what it means by unsolvable. It appears the original was all hand drawn and it looks very dense in places... maybe there is too much ambiguity regarding tubes crossing behind others or not and things of that nature. As for the $40 price... that seems very reasonable to me simply based on this being the work of art that it is. If its an actual maze its even more interesting.

I too would love to see a computer solve this if it were a maze. That would make a very cool thing to animate. Scan this at a high resolution and have the camera zoomed in on the mouse (aka computer/program) as it runs through the maze leaving a green trail behind hit. If it needs to backtrack have it turn that trail red. The process would make a great video and the final solution would make another great piece of art with a sort of Christmas theme.

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 Post subject: Re: A Janitors Epic Maze
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wwwmwww wrote:
Looking at the pictures I haven't spotted anything that looks like a clear start or a clear end.

I took the box with the arrow pointing down to be the start and the similarly shaped box to the right of it to be the end:
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