Greetings fellow troubled souls,

Apropos nothing at all...

The largest known prime number has been discovered by an amateur researcher and former Nvidia employee.

The new number is 2^{136,279,841} – 1, which beats the previous title holder (2^{82,589,933} – 1) by more than 16 million digits.

Think about that for a minute..

2^{3 }= 8

2^{10} = 1024

2^{100} = 1267650600228230000000000000000.

The last one contains 31 digits.

Now consider 2^{136,279,841}

The newly confirmed prime number contains 41,024,320 decimal digits! Yes, 41,024,320 decimal digits.

I'll get my anorak.