Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Wacky Math Problem

This wacky ratio problem was in my math book:

"The ratio of hopeless romantics to hard-boiled skeptics was 459 to 2. If there were 7,803 hopeless romantics in the room, how many hard-boiled skeptics were there?"

I'm thinking they were in an opera house or something, watching a bizarrely unrealistic and super-romantic opera. A really big opera house...

8 comments:

cuileann said...

Haha! :) Sounds like a relatively awesome math book.

Elenatintil said...

Hahaha...that is insane...

And sounds vaguely familiar. I wonder if I heard a similar problem once?

So glad to have math finished once and for all!

bookbutterfly said...

This sounds like it came from this one math bk I had (the publisher was Saxon--is is the same one?). They had some funny math problems like that, like "The ratio of people who thought Rockabilly was top hat to the people who didn't think Roackbilly was top hat was this number to this number." :P

Alyosha said...

I officially take back any insults I ever heaped upon Saxon.

Lady Rose said...

Woah... that is some math problem!

Raewyn said...

Crazy.

I did the tagged thing-y...to let let you know! Now I have to pick six people to tag..

Alassiel said...

I think I've heard that problem before. Do you do Teaching Textbooks?

Delaney said...

I do indeed, Alassiel!

BB- I did use Saxon for a few years, and that also had funny math problems. I remember one about the Pevensie children from the Chronicles of Narnia! Brownie points for Saxon. :D