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    Everyone needs basic math and science skills to survive. However, these customers were definitely sleeping their way through class!

    Size Matters, Part 8

    | Buffalo, NY, USA | Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (A parent is asking about a supplemental document she needs to upload for her financial aid application. She’s having a little trouble.)

    Parent: “It says here that the file needs to be under 4 megabytes, but the file I need to upload is 4.49 megabytes. So, is 4.49 bigger than 4?”

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    Fractional Intelligence

    | Texas, USA | Math & Science

    Customer: “I need to know the height of this refrigerator.”

    Me: “Sure, it’s 69 3/4 in.”

    Customer: “Is 3/4 more or less than a half?”

    Me: “It’s slightly more.”

    Customer: “No, that can’t be right!”

    Some Things Just Don’t Add Up, Part 6

    | Pennsylvania, PA, USA | Math & Science, Money

    (A woman comes up and gives me $2 for her daughter to print. With our computers, you need to have money in your account in order to print. The daughter prints something, then tries to print again. The mother comes up twice, complaining that nothing is coming out and that something is wrong.)

    Me: “How much is it saying it will cost?”

    Patron: “We have enough.”

    Me: “Okay, then it should print.”

    Patron: “It’s saying it’s printing, but nothing is coming out.”

    (I go over and try to print it. They don’t have enough.)

    Me: “You need to put more money on the card.”

    Patron: “Why?!”

    Me: “The prints costs more than you have on there.”

    Patron: “But she only printed once.”

    Me: “This new print costs $1.50. She already spent at least $0.70, from what I can see. You only gave me $2.”

    Patron: “So?”

    Me: “So $2 minus $0.70 is less than $1.50.”

    Patron: “I don’t get it.”

    Me: “You need to give me more money for the prints.”

    Patron: “But why?!”

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    Your Degree Doesn’t Add Up To Much

    | Glasgow, Scotland, UK | Math & Science, Money

    Me: “Sir, a drink costs £1.85 and you’ve given me £1.70.”

    Customer: “So, that’s not enough?”

    Me: “It’s a good start…”

    Customer: “But I study mathematics!”

    Of Chemically Unsound Mind

    | West Virginia, USA | Math & Science

    (I am stocking shelves in my store when a customer walks up to me.)

    Customer: “Do you know why Clorox is called Clorox?”

    Me: “Possibly because its active ingredients include chlorine and oxygen atoms?”

    Customer: “There’s no oxygen in Clorox! That’s what we breathe! You kids need to go back to school, cause you ain’t learnin’ nothin’!” *storms away*


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