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May 27th, 2003
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Stupid math exercise OTD
"Yoko has 3 1/2 pieces of rope. Each piece is 1 2/3 feet long. How many feet of rope does Yoko have in all?"

No, she in fact has 4 pieces of rope, not 3 1/2, you idiot. This is what comes from having people who should not be writing math exercises writing math exercises.

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From:magid
Date:May 27th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
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You mean, Yoko didn't figure it was a half a piece of rope because all those rope guts were spilling out, or something?
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From:bitty
Date:May 27th, 2003 10:50 am (UTC)
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nah; the other half a rope was used to throttle the author ;)
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From:hauntmeister
Date:May 27th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Sigh. And this was a real exercise from a real textbook?

I suppose it's entirely possible the author only has half a brain.
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From:queue
Date:May 27th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
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This was a real exercise in the first pass of a textbook ancillary. Luckily, people like me do our jobs and keep exercises like that away from the general public.
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From:magid
Date:May 27th, 2003 02:13 pm (UTC)

half a brain

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and the other half is half a piece of rope.
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