Apparently I’ve been living under a rock. I had no idea that such a show existed, not until I googled “real life heptagon” to see if there were any I didn’t know about. I didn’t find any, but that might be because I stopped looking when I discovered this article by Adam Reinhard. Here’s an excerpt (although I wanted to quote the whole thing):
The four pairs of impossibly fit, impossibly hot, impossibly stupid catwalkers were tasked with designing and making outfits based on simple geometric shapes….[A pair], working with the rhombus and the trapezoid, decked out the female partner like an 80s glam girl-slash-Transformer. The outfit produced the greatest meeting of the minds I’ve ever seen on VH1, when model Blonde Rachel mispronounced rhombus as “rhommus” and show host Mary Alice Stephenson corrected her, leading to this brilliant exchange: “Rhombus.” “Rhombus?” “Rhombus.” “Rhombus?” It’s the most the equilateral quadrilateral has ever been mentioned on basic cable.
So naturally I headed over to the show’s site, and got caught up in reading the daily questions that the models are supposed to answer. Sadly, I didn’t see any about mathematics; the closest was back on December 4, when contestants had to answer, “Based on human history, what do you think is the luckiest number and why?” You can find the answers — 13 pages of them — here. I admit, I haven’t read them all, but I did find some thought-provoking comments like “i would have to say the number 4 because its the earliest number that you can use to count with….1,2,3,4.” Okay then. Poor ruox54, who gave that answer, only has smartness rank of 1255, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that in general there’s not quite as strong a correlation between the smartness rank and the quality of the answers as I might have expected. (Though whether that says more about the show or more about me is an open question.)