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Topic: The fallibility of Math 


So, according to algebreic rules: If Mario can roof a house in 9 hrs, and Al can do it in 8, then since x/9+x/8=1, then they should be able to do it together in 4 4/17 hours. Except we all know that isn't true. If Al and Mario do the job together, they will spend most of their work time talking about girls and the job will take 72 hours. Therefore, the rules are bogus. 


I forget who said it (Twain?) but this reminds me of the farmer's equation: "I hire one boy, I get one boy. I hire two boys I get a boy and a half. I hire three boys, I get no boys at all." 


Remember, it is easy to prove that 1 = 2 


[quote] On 20090513 15:50, Cliffg37 wrote: Remember, it is easy to prove that 1 = 2 [/quote] Perfectly obvious, at least for high values of 1. 


[quote] On 20090513 14:12, rossmacrae wrote: I forget who said it (Twain?) but this reminds me of the farmer's equation: "I hire one boy, I get one boy. I hire two boys I get a boy and a half. I hire three boys, I get no boys at all." [/quote] Never needed to hire "boys" before but I will trust your analogy. 


[quote] On 20090513 15:50, Cliffg37 wrote: Remember, it is easy to prove that 1 = 2 [/quote] Especially if you divide by zero when they're not looking. 


I did not know he was hiring boys. Guess that gives some context to Tom Sawyer and his buddy Huck Finn. 


“One guy in a tuxedo producing doves can be magic, ten guys producing doves is a travesty.” Secrets of the Magus from the New Yorker Magazine by Mark Singer 


And ten guys washing with Dove, that's a locker room. 


One lawyer in a town will starve to death. Two lawyers in a town will both get rich. 