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?
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.