Friday, July 13, 2007

Mathematical Paradox

This actually happened this evening...

I just picked up a book entitled, “The Liar Paradox and The Towers of Hanoi – The Ten Greatest Math Puzzles of All Time”, by Marcel Danesi. i drove over to little caesars to get some pizza and was excited about getting into that book when i got home. they didn't have a deep dish hot n ready so i got a regular round hot n ready. i didn't want to wait 8 minutes. the young lady rang me up, i read the register, it came to $5.30. i gave her a 10 dollar bill and she proceeded to give me $5.30 change. i said, "wait, how much is the pizza?" she said, "oh, it's actually 5 dollars and 30 cents." with a tone in her voice as if to patiently explain to me why it's not just 5 dollars. well, i said, "but you just gave me back 5 dollars and 30 cents. you should have given me $4.70 in change." she looked confused for a moment, as if she wasn't sure if i was right. she couldn't get the drawer open and had to get the manager(?) to open the drawer while she quietly said she needed to give me my change. so after the drawer was opened and the person with the key walked away she still seemed confused. she pulled out 4 singles then i saw her grab from the quarters partition and then the dimes partition and i thought everything was going to be cool.

then she fingered through the pennies partition in the register. and i seriously thought, "what in the name of sir isaac newton is she doing?!"

I got back 4 dollars, 1 quarter, 4 dimes and 2 pennies.

oh well. guess we can't all be geniuses. back to my mathematical paradox book...

One After 909 - The Beatles

99 Luft Balloons - Nena

1999 - Prince

If 6 Was 9 - Jimi Hendrix

16 Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones

Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and The Comets

Rainy Day Women #12 and #35 - Bob Dylan

96 Tears - ? and The Mysterians

Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago

EDIT: How about this one...

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