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Pattern type Methuselah
Number of cells 151
Bounding box 20×20
MCPS 163
Lifespan 30872 generations
Final population 2833
L/I 204.5
F/I 18.8
F/L 0.092
L/MCPS 189.4
Discovered by Schneelocke
Year of discovery 2010

Ed is a methuselah with a lifespan of 30872 generations, discovered by Schneelocke on June 17, 2010, using Nathaniel Johnston's soup search script,[1][2] at the time the third-largest pattern to be found this way after Fred and Edna.

The pattern is named after Ed Edison from the "Maniac Mansion" computer game, the son of Dr. Fred and his wife Edna.

Formation of rare patterns

Ed is exceptionally notable because of the formation of a heavyweight spaceship at generation 1833 (which only occurs with a frequency of 1/12,200[3]), as well as the formation of a trans-barge with tail at generation 6155. The trans-barge with tail occurs with a frequency of 1/6,686,854.[4]

Stable pattern

The stable pattern that results from Ed (excluding 45 escaping gliders and one escaping heavyweight spaceship) oscillates between 2807 and 2833 cells and consists of 218 blocks (including one bi-block), 190 blinkers (including 16 traffic lights), 101 beehives (including two honey farms), 38 loaves, 30 boats, 17 ships, 13 ponds, seven tubs, two toads, two boat-ties, one beacon, one long boat, one ship-tie and one pulsar.

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See also


  1. "Long-Lived Patterns in Conway's Life". Online Life-Like CA Soup Search. Retrieved on May 16, 2010. (archived from the original)
  2. Schneelocke (June 18, 2010). Re: The Online Life-Like CA Soup Search (discussion thread) at the ConwayLife.com forums
  3. Achim Flammenkamp (December 9, 1995). "Spontaneous appeared Spaceships out of Random Dust". Retrieved on November 30, 2013.
  4. Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on November 30, 2013.