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Topic: Humor & Mathematics
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Sam Evers

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Re: Humor & Mathematics
Posted: Sep 8, 1995 1:34 PM
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In regards to Ron Ward's compendium of humor and related classroom
behaviors, I have a bit of input. These are a couple of quips I've
picked up recently. Their usefulness (or lack thereof) can be decided
by the reader, but I thought those of you who are (like me) admitted
math nerds might get a kick out of them:

1. It is a proven fact that 75% of all Americans cannot do fractions,
... and the other half just don't care.

2. There are three kinds of people in this world, those who can
count, and those who can't.

I'm not sure where I picked these up, I may even have seen one of them
here on the list, so if I've stepped on anyone's copyrights, I do
apologize.

Also, here's an interesting riddle to give your students (and you) a
whale of a headache.

A man walks into a hardware store, points at a bin of "things" and
asks the price. The owner says, "Those are 15 cents each." The man
says, "I'll take 3" to which the owner replies "That'll be 15 cents."
Another man inquires about the same bin, receiving the same "15 cents
each." He says, "I'll take 15" and gets the reply "That'll be 30
cents." A third man goes through the same routine, saying "I'll take
100" whereupon the owner says "That'll be 45 cents." The riddle is
this: What were the "things" in the bin? The answer - which you
don't get just yet - is quite mathematical.

Sam Evers @->->->---
severs@sa.ua.edu a chrisanthemum is a chrisanthemum
is a, well you get the picture.






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