In the latest attempt by the scientific community to offer algebraic explanations for the seemingly inexplicable, mathematicians have come up with a formula for the best kind of scary movie.
Using the equation (es + u + cs + t) squared + s + (tl + f) / 2 + (a + dr + fs) / n + sin x – 1, researchers have concluded that The Shining, the 1980 film starring a homicidal Jack Nicholson, is the ideal horror flick.
—Music + chase scenes = new formula for fear (Guardian)
My colleague Mike Arnzen reports he was interviewed by BBC News to respond to this finding. I didn’t know about it until it was over, though.