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A year ago a British scientist, Simon Blackburn, published a formula for perfect parallel parking.
A US Math teacher, Jerome White, later created a simulation applet based on this algorithm and noticed a flaw. You can play with this safe simulation applet here. The Blackburn's formula was far from optimal, requiring much more parking space along the curb than necessary. Throughout this last year White and his colleagues tried to revise the perfect parking challenge. The formulas got more complex but the simulations look a bit more like my hocky-pocky parking (Jerome White perfect parking page). The best part is that they proved what all of us stubborn and angry car drivers have always been hoping for: you can squeeze into any parking space if it is at least as long as your car, if you are willing to maneuver an unlimited number of times.