Oral tradition dictates that a number of monk in a sacred temple in a land far away, were given the challenge of moving 64 golden disks from one stack to another stack. There were few rules:
1. You can only move one disk at a time
2. You cannot place a larger disk on a smaller disk.
If they could move a disk every thousandth of a second, it would take 588+ million years to accomplish this task. Oh ah, and then the world would end.