Topic: The fallibility of Math
 Message: Posted by: critter (May 13, 2009 09:44AM)
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.
 Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (May 13, 2009 01:12PM)
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."
 Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (May 13, 2009 02:50PM)
Remember, it is easy to prove that 1 = 2
 Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (May 13, 2009 04:18PM)
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On 2009-05-13 15:50, Cliffg37 wrote:
Remember, it is easy to prove that 1 = 2
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Perfectly obvious, at least for high values of 1.
 Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (May 13, 2009 04:29PM)
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On 2009-05-13 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."
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Never needed to hire "boys" before but I will trust your analogy.
 Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (May 13, 2009 04:30PM)
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On 2009-05-13 15:50, Cliffg37 wrote:
Remember, it is easy to prove that 1 = 2
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Especially if you divide by zero when they're not looking.
 Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (May 13, 2009 04:34PM)
I did not know he was hiring boys.
Guess that gives some context to Tom Sawyer and his buddy Huck Finn.
 Message: Posted by: tommy (May 13, 2009 07:57PM)
“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
 Message: Posted by: airship (May 14, 2009 10:03AM)
And ten guys washing with Dove, that's a locker room.
 Message: Posted by: Slartibartfast (May 14, 2009 06:36PM)
One lawyer in a town will starve to death. Two lawyers in a town will both get rich.