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    28 Jan '08 13:17
    Fifty years of math 1957-2007

    Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled out 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this?

    Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

    1.Teaching math in the 1950s:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

    2.Teaching math in the 1960s:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

    3.Teaching math in the 1970s:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

    4.Teaching math in the 1980s:

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number “20”.

    5.Teaching math in the 1990s:

    A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok).

    6. Teaching math in 2007:

    Un hachero vende una carretada de Madera $100. El costo la producciones es $80. Cuanto ha hecho?
  2. Cape Town
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    28 Jan '08 13:57
    What is weird is that the counter girl could probably run rings around you on a spirituality forum.
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    28 Jan '08 14:33
    Originally posted by josephw
    Fifty years of math 1957-2007

    Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled out 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just ...[text shortened]... Un hachero vende una carretada de Madera $100. El costo la producciones es $80. Cuanto ha hecho?
    What exactly has this got to do with anything?
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    28 Jan '08 15:19
    Originally posted by Starrman
    What exactly has this got to do with anything?
    Nothing, but apparently josephw seems to think it has to do with evolution.
  5. Standard membermenace71
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    28 Jan '08 21:32
    Funny Joke LOL 🙂
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    28 Jan '08 21:501 edit
    Originally posted by josephw
    Fifty years of math 1957-2007

    Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled out 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just ...[text shortened]... Un hachero vende una carretada de Madera $100. El costo la producciones es $80. Cuanto ha hecho?
    LOL.

    [And what's with all the humorless people in this thread? Y'all are getting as stiff as jaywill.]
  7. The sky
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    28 Jan '08 21:54
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    LOL.

    [And what's with all the humorless people in this thread? Y'all are getting as stiff as jaywill.]
    Humourless people? I found PsychoPawn's reply much funnier than the original post (which is also somewhat funny, but I have seen it or something very similar a bit too often to still laugh about it).
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    29 Jan '08 00:08
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    Humourless people? I found PsychoPawn's reply much funnier than the original post (which is also somewhat funny, but I have seen it or something very similar a bit too often to still laugh about it).
    Yeah. Wasn't really talking about him.
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    30 Jan '08 16:09
    Originally posted by PsychoPawn
    Nothing, but apparently josephw seems to think it has to do with evolution.
    I saw a chimp at the zoo poop in his hand and throw it at a bunch of kids from a Baptist Revival Camp. Chimp Poo + Baptists = HAHAHAHA!
  10. Standard memberKellyJay
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    30 Jan '08 16:33
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    What is weird is that the counter girl could probably run rings around you on a spirituality forum.
    She would fit in her skills at putting the way things work together
    seem to fit the mold here.
    Kelly
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    30 Jan '08 17:21
    Originally posted by Hand of Hecate
    I saw a chimp at the zoo poop in his hand and throw it at a bunch of kids from a Baptist Revival Camp. Chimp Poo + Baptists = HAHAHAHA!
    That reminds me of the late, but very great, Ed Wood.
    He conned the baptist church into financing "Plan 9 from outer space".

    How cool is that?
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    30 Jan '08 17:47
    Originally posted by shavixmir
    That reminds me of the late, but very great, Ed Wood.
    He conned the baptist church into financing "Plan 9 from outer space".

    How cool is that?
    That kind of crazy doesn't come around often.
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    30 Jan '08 23:18
    Originally posted by josephw


    Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled out 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but sh ...[text shortened]... manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.
    Was she Mexican?

    Tell the truth. This Burger King incident never took place, did it?
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    31 Jan '08 00:01
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    Was she Mexican?

    Tell the truth. This Burger King incident never took place, did it?
    She was a mixed breed. It happens everyday everywhere.
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    31 Jan '08 00:22
    Lol, mixed bredd, how nicely put, very PC xD
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