Spaghetti All Day, Every Day

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Spaghetti All Day, Every Day

September 10, 2014

Whether you love pasta or not, there’s probably a limit as to how much you can – or want – to eat. Even the biggest spaghetti fan can’t slurp down more than a few plates at once, or feel like eating linguini every day. But that’s not stopping Olive Garden, a restaurant chain that’s really stirring the pot.  They are offering 1,000 people an all-you-can-eat deal: $100 for 7 weeks of pasta! Basically if you buy a Never Ending Pasta Pass, you can go to Olive Garden any time for nearly 2 months and eat all the saucy strands, spirals and squiggles you want, along with salad and bread on the side. It looks like lots of people have the appetite: Olive Garden sold out the one thousand Never Ending Pasta Passes in just 45 minutes. If they get tired of tortellini and stop eating early on, Olive Garden will make a lot of money. But if some of these folks can eat and eat and eat, Olive Garden had better get cooking.

Wee ones: If you eat pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner, how many meals of pasta did you eat?

Little kids: If you and 3 friends each buy a $100 Never Ending Pasta Pass, how much do you all spend in total?  Bonus: If you would normally eat spaghetti just once every day but now you eat it 3 times a day, how many more times per week are you now eating?

Big kids: If you ate pasta every day for 7 weeks, how many days would you eat pasta?  Bonus: If those 1,000 people each eat 3 meals a day every day for the 1st week and then never want to eat pasta ever again, how many meals in total did those Passes buy?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 3 pasta meals.

Little kids: $400, since there are 4 of you.  Bonus: 14 more times, since it’s 2 more times per day.

Big kids: 49 days.  Bonus: 21,000 meals.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking while still in diapers, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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