UCSD Student Discovers the Last Number


Written by: Everett Ririe

UCSD Student Discovers the Last Number

On January 20th, a moderator of the “Class of 2024” Discord server created a new channel titled “Counting,” which was meant to “discover what the last number is.” The channel took off slowly at first, but rapidly achieved the previously thought impossible: the discovery of the last number. 

Some students were confused about the purpose of the channel, asking, “What, so we just… count? Starting from one?!” The confusion quickly subsided, however, as “Counting” had already reached 269 by that evening. 

On January 29th at 6:55 p.m., Evan S. Unce, sent the final message in the channel: a number far too long to repeat here. “The Discord remained in stunned silence for a few minutes,” said Unce, “No one could believe what just happened. I just sent the number and like that there weren’t any numbers left. And I should know — I study number theory.” 

The next evening, Unce hosted a party to celebrate his achievement. “A number of guests were there. Mostly from the Discord, but all my Math professors showed up too,” Unce said, before adding, “It was the best night of my life. I even got nine numbers. Almost enough to make a phone call.”

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