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Weekly Roundup: Math Counts!

, | Right | June 16, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Math Counts! In this week’s roundup, we share five stories where math skills don’t add up!

  1. Equivalence, Meet Ignorance (5,254 thumbs up)
  2. The Count Would Be Proud (2,508 thumbs up)
  3. Adventures In The Third Dimension, Part 2 (1,571 thumbs up)
  4. Those Heathens And Their Time-Telling Ways (2,368 thumbs up)
  5. Don’t Count Out The Cost Of Education (1,181 thumbs up)

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They Are In The Lower Percentile

, , , , , | Right | May 28, 2013

(I’m a sales associate at a popular clothing store. I’m in the middle of an eight-hour shift on Black Friday when a customer calls on the phone. The customer speaks in a very confused tone the entire time.)

Me: “Hi, thank you for calling [Store]! This is [My Name] speaking; what’s on your wish list?”

Customer: “Hi. So you guys are having a sale, right?”

Me: “Yep! Everything is 40% off today!”

Customer: “Okay. So is that 40% off our entire purchase, or 40% off each individual item or our purchase?”

(Thinking I must have heard her incorrectly, I just repeat myself)

Me: “Right, everything in the store is 40% off today.”

Customer: “Okay. Well, whoever rang me up today clearly did it wrong. They rang my entire purchase as 40% off, instead of each item separately as 40% off.”

Me: “Well, that adds up to the same thing.”

Customer: “Wait, really?”

Me: “Yes, 40% off the entire purchase is the same thing as 40% off of each thing in the purchase.”

Customer: “Oh… thanks.”

(The customer hangs up. My coworker is staring at me.)

Coworker: “Please tell me that did not just happen.”


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Going Cold Turkey On Math Can Solve Many Problems

, , | Learning | April 20, 2013

(It is the last meeting of the discussion section of our math class before Thanksgiving Break. Class has just ended and people are packing up.)

Me: “This time next week, we’re going to be having fun!”

Teacher’s Assistant: “Yeah, we’re going to be doing fun math problems!”

Me: “You can come if you want to, but we aren’t going to.”

Teacher’s Assistant: “Excuse me? Are you planning to skip?”

Other Student Walking Out: “Happy Thanksgiving, [Teacher’s Assistant]!”

Teacher’s Assistant: “Oh, I forgot. It’s Thanksgiving Break next week. Sorry!”

OH-nly If You Wis-H2 Deto-Na-te

, , , , | Learning | April 8, 2013

(We are locating elements on the periodic table in my chemistry class. Note that sodium in its pure elemental form is toxic and combusts in contact with water, and is not to be confused with sodium chloride, AKA common table salt.)

Classmate: “Sodium? Is that the sodium that’s on like, a nutrition label?”

Me: “Not quite.”

Classmate: “So, like, can you eat it?”

Me: *smirking* “Yes. Once.”

(The teacher snorts when she overhears this.)

Classmate: “I don’t get it!”


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This Piemaker Will Never Understand Pi

, , , , | Working | February 25, 2013

(I’m in charge of making pies for my work. On this particular day, we’ve sold quite a few, so I’m looking in the fridge at remaining pie.)

Me: “Man, we sold a lot of pie! I better make more tomorrow.”

Coworker: “Yeah! We sold so much! There’s only one left! How many did you make?”

Me: “Four.”

Coworker: “Wow, you made four pies, and there’s only one left, so that’s like…”

(I stare at him a moment, waiting to see what he’s going to say.)

Coworker: “Um…”

Me: “Three. We sold three pies.”

Coworker: “Yeah! We sold three pies, and now there’s one left!”