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Ringing the convoy

Ringing the changes for any form of convoy
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Ringing the changes, or 'change ringing' is where a set of bells is rung in every permutation.
So for (minimalist) example if you have three bells, A,B and C, they could be rung in the orders:

In each row, each bell is rung once and only once; the only difference is their order.

Obviously, the number of permutations is n! (or n factorial), where n is the number of bells. This function grows quickly with increasing n.

I propose that convoys of people, on foot or in vehicles, could amuse themselves on long trips by reordering themselves in such a manner.
Where possible, horns should be sounded.

Loris, Jan 12 2016

Change ringing https://en.wikipedi...wiki/Change_ringing
Almost unbelievably exciting. [8th of 7, Jan 12 2016]

If you want to read it but not hear it https://en.wikipedi...ki/The_Nine_Tailors
Dorothy Sayers' mystery novel brings a lot of changes to your mind's ear. [Toto Anders, Jan 12 2016]


       The Belgian Tourniquet will never feel the same.
Toto Anders, Jan 12 2016

       I'd like to see columns of soldiers walking down the road, reordering themselves from column to column, Towers-of-Hanoi-style, ordered by height or weight.
hippo, Jan 12 2016


       " Where possible, horns should be sounded "
normzone, Jan 12 2016

       [8th] Don't knock it until you have tried it.   

       Trying to control a 2 ton lump of bronze that you can't see, whirling at the end of a rather flimsy rope, with any 1/100 second misjudgement clearly audible to a few thousand bystanders, is not for wimps.
pocmloc, Jan 12 2016

       P.S. you missed A,C,B
pocmloc, Jan 12 2016

       // Don't knock it until you have tried it. //   

       What makes you think we haven't ... ? Raising the bells, trying not to snap the backstay, getting a firm grip on ther sallie ... too much like hard work.
8th of 7, Jan 12 2016

       I never thought anything.
pocmloc, Jan 12 2016

       Would this help people avoid accidents on long trips ?   

       Or would it tend to cause them ?   


       The audio snippet in the link should be played in the Math Department to announce lunch time.
popbottle, Jan 12 2016

       / I never thought anything /   

       Just operating by instinct? Sort of the GW Bush "trust the gut" approach? It seems to be working out for you!   

       I used to trust my gut but then it turned on me. Turned huge.
bungston, Jan 12 2016

       //P.S. you missed A,C,B//   

       Hah. Can't count to 3!. (Fixed)
Loris, Jan 13 2016

       // I still believe in gut reactions but its rare I am called upon to talk to peoples intestines. //   

       Hardly surprising, since you oratorial talents seem more suited to your own Lower Rear Orofice ...
8th of 7, Jan 13 2016

       / But I do have some musical talent in that department. /   

       Department? Or ofice?
bungston, Jan 13 2016

       thanks hippo, i lol'd at "towers of hanoi"
sninctown, Jan 14 2016


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