‘Daily Math’

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The Socks Make the Outfit

March 8, 2012 4:45 pm


No matter how many clothes you buy for kids, chances are they have exactly two shirts they love, and they will wear those two shirts over and over until they’re on the verge of disintegrating (the shirts, not the kids).  Same thing with the favorite pair of jeans.  If we could just get them to wear one more of those shirts that they swear is totally uncool, and one more pair of pants, it’s amazing how many more outfits they could have.

Feeding the Masses

March 6, 2012 1:33 pm


Spaghetti is one of those mysteries where it says a one-pound box feeds eight people, but grown men insist they can eat the entire box by themselves.  Maybe it depends whether you get the healthful multi-grain kind, vs. the white stuff that most of us secretly agree tastes better.

So how many people can you feed from a pot of spaghetti?

Wheeler-Dealers on the Bus

March 5, 2012 4:45 pm


I just learned that the kids on our street – mine included – have decided to pass a hat, pool their allowance, and buy a boombox for the bus to school.  Not as a gift for the driver, but to take over the bus.  Clearly today’s kids need nonstop entertainment…next thing you know they’ll be installing a surround-sound digital theater in there.

Either way, there’s lots of math involved.

What’s the Password?

March 4, 2012 5:24 pm


According to SpiderLabs, the most common login password out there is “Password1.” Around 5% of business computers use some variation of “password”, with Password1 the favorite: it has a capital letter, a number, and more than 8 characters. But since it’s so common, it’s just begging to be hacked.  Their advice: if your password has “password” in it, change it!

So what’s a kid to do who wants a top-secret uncrackable code? The longer your code, the more possibilities, and the less chance you’ll be hacked.

McNuggets, Revisited

March 3, 2012 5:24 pm


We just learned of a survey of “The Top 10 Jobs That Make the World a Worse Place.”  What job title agreed the most with that statement?  Sure, 4.9% of senior attorneys, 5.8% of bartenders…but a whopping 42% of fast-food workers!  Kinda makes you not want to eat there…

So if half of them quit, what would happen to the flow of Chicken McNuggets?

Piece of Cake

March 1, 2012 4:30 pm


There are few things in this world yummier than Entenmann’s All Butter French Crumb Cake.  Soulful, textured crumbs, paired with pound cake as buttery as Callista Gingrich’s hair.  For something that isn’t chocolate, it’s as good as it gets.

The only question is, who gets the biggest piece?  It all depends how you slice it.

Life, Sized

February 28, 2012 5:00 pm


We all have days where we just feel old.  It isn’t going to get better, either.  And now Northwestern Mutual is really stirring up trouble: according to mathtivist Talie B, they have a test that sizes you up – how you eat, how you drive, etc. – and then tells you how long you’re going to live.  Geez…is that something we want to know? or is this one of those ignorance-is-bliss things?


But while we’re all denying getting old, our kids want to feel old – the bigger the better! So they love to make the numbers rack up.

Linsanity! By the Numbers

February 27, 2012 1:45 pm


In a society that loves the underdog, it’s easy to see why everyone’s excited about Jeremy Lin. He has every piece of the perfect movie script: rags to riches, smarts meets sports (went to Harvard), narrow escape (was nearly cut from his third team), and rescue (saved the Knicks). Talk about making your mother proud!

So how does it add up for Jeremy game by game?  Let’s do the math.