June 17, 2008 question

No no, no no no no, no no no no, no no no no limits! Yes, I do think that’s the weirdest way I’ve ever introduced an answer, but it’s still the answer. There is no maximum to the number of strikeouts a pitcher can throw in a game because not every strike out necessarily yields an out. If the catcher fails to catch the third strike before it touches the ground (be it a swinging third strike or a called third strike) and either first base is unoccupied or there are two outs in the inning, the batter may advance to first unless he is tagged out or thrown out before reaching first base. That’s just one of the great things about baseball. Theoretically, it could go on forever . . . just like this answer. Here is the list of people whose knowledge has no limits either:

Charles
Steve J (the J stands for Just Five Outs Remaining)
Nancy K (the K stands for Strikeout, Even If No Out Is Recorded)
Robbie
Heidi

Fantastic. Here’s today’s question:

What state has the most miles of interstate highway per square mile?

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