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Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Math

Conversation with Alex this evening on the way home to my house.

Alex is learning math, and asked me to drill him. So I threw him a bit of a curveball.

Dad: "What's 5 plus 0?"

Alex puts up 5 fingers on his left hand, and raises none on his right.

Alex: "5!"

Dad: "Very good. Any number plus 0 is always that number. So, what's 10 plus 0?"

Alex: "10!"

Dad: "Very good! What's 100 plus 0?"

Alex: "100!"

Dad: "Excellent! Now, what's a billion plus 0?"

Alex: "130!"

Must be that new math. Perhaps Alex's processor has a floating point error and needs to be replaced.

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