milton bradley

I can only imagine that would have to be the plot of the movie, right? Someone guesses the positioning of a ship, it’s sunk, then someone cries out in agony, “You sunk my battleship!” Give the trailer a watch, then we’ll decide.

Honestly, I think my movie sounds better. In what looks like a film created at the altar of Bay, Battleship is about a hotshot naval officer serving under Liam Neeson, who also happens to be said hotshot’s girlfriend’s daddy. Uh-oh, tension! When out on a routine exercise they spy a half-submerged craft in the ocean, which turns out to be what, a Transformer? I’m kind of confused. We then have an ariel shot I’m guessing is supposed to give us the connection to the classic Milton Bradley no Hasbro board game, as well as the alien? ship firing some kind of peg missile. And why is Eric Northman there? Surely vampires can’t serve in the U.S. Navy.

I feel like this movie’s a stretch, but I’m interested to see what screen writers Jon and Erich Hoeber managed to make of it. Battleship is directed by Peter Berg and stars Taylor KitschAlexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn DeckerRihanna (yes, for realz, the singer), Josh PenceJesse Plemons and Peter MacNicol. It’s set to open May 18th.

source: /Film


Battleship by Milton Bradley is a game most of us would remember from our childhood.  (Pictured above is the Star Wars version.  I CAN HAZ!?)  You have a board and your opponent has a board and you place your ships on it and try to blow the other person out of the water.  Fun and games, right?

Well, the people at Book of Odds have done some math (some crazy in-depth ‘I don’t get laid’ math) and decided that there is only a 1 in 51,934,549,300 chance of playing a perfect game.  Meaning that every single time it is your turn, you hit a ship with no ‘misses’.  Here’s the quote:

For starters, these odds don’t take into account what happens when a ship is placed against the edges of the grid (either parallel to it or perpendicular) or in a corner. So at first, we did what any good scientist does in a pinch. We ignored that, and estimated.Setting aside pesky edge/corner conditions, and calculating based on the simple 1-in-4/1-in-2 strategy above, the odds of the shortest game of Battleship seem to be:

(17/100)*(1/4)*(1/2)^3*(12/95)*(1/4)*(1/2)^2*(8/91)*(1/4)*(1/2)*(5/88)*(1/4)*(1/2)*(2/85)*(1/4) =

(17*12*8*5*2)/(100*95*91*88*85*(2^17)) =

1 in 51,934,549,300

So there you have it. If you can stand to play over fifty billion games of it in your lifetime (or in a day), then you can play the perfect game of Battleship…once. Better start now.