This internet genius can play the Star Wars ‘Cantina Theme’ using only a pencil and paper

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Maybe you think you’ve seen every possible variation of the Star Wars ‘Cantina Theme’ worth its salt. Maybe you think novelty covers are lame. In most cases, you’d be correct – but not this time. This time, you need to put your faith in the internet and watch the below video of someone using a pencil and paper to write a mathematical equation that perfectly matches the rhythm and flavour of the Star Wars ‘Cantina Theme’. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll find it a total joy.

The clip originated on Reddit, where it has since become the fifth most-upvoted Star Wars subreddit post of all time. Its creator, Reddit user ‘smallgoblin’ – aka Dani Ochoa – wrote as an explanation: “It started with x+4… and I couldn’t unhear it. Instead of doing my math homework I figured out what the Cantina Theme would sound like if your instrument was a pencil.” Genius. The winning formula? x + 4783 – x + 4v|VE| (x + 4)(f – 711) = A


According to one Reddit user, the formula eventually works out to ~299,792,457 – which in metres per second is the speed of light. Again: genius.

Ochoa has since worked out the pencil-and-paper version of the Dark Side’s Imperial March, which hinges on the presence of the mathematical ‘√’ symbol.

So good!