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Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-15 21:01:21 UTC
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I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" - Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9. Either way, how can people make this mistake?
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Peeler
2018-05-15 21:21:29 UTC
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On Tue, 15 May 2018 22:01:21 +0100, Birdbrain Macaw (now "James Wilkinson"),
the pathological attention whore of all the uk ngs, blathered again:

<FLUSH the abnormal pathological attention whore's latest idiotic
attention-baiting BULLSHIT unread again!
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make feeds him.
Starts many threads most of which die quick as on the UK groups anyone
with sense Kill filed him ages ago which is why he now cross posts to
the US groups for a new audience.
This thread was unusual in that it derived and continued without him
to a large extent and his silly questioning is an attempt to get
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Tony944 addressing Birdbrain Macaw:
"I seen and heard many people but you are on top of list being first class
ass hole jerk. ...You fit under unconditional Idiot and should be put in
mental institution.
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DerbyDad03 addressing Birdbrain Macaw (now "James Wilkinson" LOL):
"Frigging Idiot. Get the hell out of my thread."
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Kerr Mudd-John about Birdbrain Macaw (now "James Wilkinson" LOL):
"It's like arguing with a demented frog."
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Mr Pounder Esquire about Birdbrain Macaw (now "James Wilkinson" LOL):
"the piss poor delivery boy with no hot running water, 11 cats and
several parrots living in his hovel."
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Rob Morley about Birdbrain:
"He's a perennial idiot"
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JoeyDee to Birdbrain
"I apologize for thinking you were a jerk. You're just someone with an IQ
lower than your age, and I accept that as a reason for your comments."
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"He's just desperate to be noticed. Any attention will do, no matter how
negative it may be."
MID: <***@brightview.co.uk>
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***@gmail.com asking Birdbrain:
"What, were you dropped on your head as a child?"
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Christie addressing endlessly driveling Birdbrain Macaw (now "James
Wilkinson" LOL):
"What are you resurrecting that old post of mine for? It's from last
month some time. You're like a dog who's just dug up an old bone they
hid in the garden until they were ready to have another go at it."
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Mr Pounder's fitting description of Birdbrain Macaw:
"You are a well known fool, a tosser, a pillock, a stupid unemployable
sponging failure who will always live alone and will die alone. You will not
be missed."
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""not the sharpest knife in the drawer"'s parents sure made a serious
mistake having him born alive -- A total waste of oxygen, food, space,
and bandwidth."
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Mr Pounder exposing sociopathic Birdbrain:
"You will always be a lonely sociopath living in a shithole with no hot
running water with loads of stinking cats and a few parrots."
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francis about Birdbrain (now "James Wilkinson" LOL):
"He seems to have a reputation as someone of limited intelligence"
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Peter Moylan about Birdbrain (now "James Wilkinson" LOL):
"If people like JWS didn't exist, we would have to find some other way to
explain the concept of "invincible ignorance"."
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Tim Streater
2018-05-15 21:49:24 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" - Allegedly
most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then take another half
off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9. Either way, how can people
make this mistake?
Because they can't do sums (it's not maths, it's arithmetic).
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Peeler
2018-05-15 22:01:17 UTC
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On Tue, 15 May 2018 22:49:24 +0100, Tim Streater, another obviously mentally
Post by Tim Streater
Because they can't do sums (it's not maths, it's arithmetic).
...and mentally challenged, troll-feeding idiot no.1 appeared!
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 00:59:28 UTC
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Post by Tim Streater
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" - Al=
legedly
Post by Tim Streater
most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then take anot=
her half
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off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9. Either way, how can =
people
Post by Tim Streater
make this mistake?
Because they can't do sums
How do these people get by? I wonder if they all get short changed? On=
ly the other week Aldi tried to give me =A310 less change than I should =
have got - although he did seem a bit confused, he was new there.
Post by Tim Streater
(it's not maths, it's arithmetic).
I'm not pedantic, I call them all maths.

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Rod Speed
2018-05-16 03:07:23 UTC
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Post by Peeler
On Tue, 15 May 2018 22:49:24 +0100, Tim Streater
Post by Tim Streater
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" - Allegedly
most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then take another half
off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9. Either way, how can people
make this mistake?
Because they can't do sums
How do these people get by?
They don't need to do mental arithmetic often enough to matter.
Post by Peeler
I wonder if they all get short changed?
Unlikely when most flash their card and so there is no change.
Post by Peeler
Only the other week Aldi tried to give me £10 less change than I should
have got
More fool you for not using your card or phone.
Post by Peeler
- although he did seem a bit confused, he was new there.
Dave Plowman (News)
2018-05-16 09:32:46 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
How do these people get by? I wonder if they all get short changed?
Only the other week Aldi tried to give me £10 less change than I should
have got - although he did seem a bit confused, he was new there.
Another reason to use the self service checkout if paying cash. Or pay by
card.

Very interesting that these 'genuine' mistakes at the checkout are almost
always in favour of the store.
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Peeler
2018-05-16 10:04:07 UTC
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On Wed, 16 May 2018 10:32:46 +0100, Dave Blowman (News), the notorious
Post by Dave Plowman (News)
Another reason to use the self service checkout if paying cash. Or pay by
card.
Very interesting that these 'genuine' mistakes at the checkout are almost
always in favour of the store.
You senile oaf just don't get how this wanker works. Or you refuse to get
it. Most likely the entire story was made up by him again or at least wildly
exaggerated for attention purposes. It it happened at all, the £10 was most
likely some minor sum, but £10 is better for baiting you senile idiots!
dennis@home
2018-05-16 12:00:32 UTC
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Post by Dave Plowman (News)
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
How do these people get by? I wonder if they all get short changed?
Only the other week Aldi tried to give me £10 less change than I should
have got - although he did seem a bit confused, he was new there.
Another reason to use the self service checkout if paying cash. Or pay by
card.
Very interesting that these 'genuine' mistakes at the checkout are almost
always in favour of the store.
They probably aren't but how many when given £10 too much are going to
make a fuss about it?
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 16:40:01 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
How do these people get by? I wonder if they all get short changed?
Only the other week Aldi tried to give me =A310 less change than I sh=
ould
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
have got - although he did seem a bit confused, he was new there.
Another reason to use the self service checkout if paying cash. Or pay=
by
card.
I just check my change, but I use self service anyway as it's faster, bu=
t not all supermarkets have those. My Asda does, but Morrisons only hav=
e them for people with mini baskets, and Aldi and Lidl don't have them a=
t all.
Very interesting that these 'genuine' mistakes at the checkout are alm=
ost
always in favour of the store.
Or more likely the checkout worker. It seems to be a standard thing, no=
t noticing you've given them a =A320. Some people actually say 20 out l=
oud when they hand one over.

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Ed Pawlowski
2018-05-15 22:42:32 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Many people are dumb. I took half a hundred and took off another half.
Peeler
2018-05-15 23:08:15 UTC
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On Tue, 15 May 2018 18:42:32 -0400, Ed Pawlowski, the notorious,
Post by Ed Pawlowski
Many people are dumb. I took half a hundred and took off another half.
Always hilarious when TWO proven idiots consider everyone else to be dumb!
LOL
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 00:58:17 UTC
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Post by Ed Pawlowski
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Many people are dumb. I took half a hundred and took off another half.
Exactly what I did. I was surprised when John Richardson (the OCD and clever comedian) got it wrong, but then maybe that was staged.
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Max Demian
2018-05-16 09:46:00 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
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Peeler
2018-05-16 10:05:27 UTC
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On Wed, 16 May 2018 10:46:00 +0100, Max Demian, another mentally deficient,
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
So, you troll-feeding idiot? Gee...
Dave Plowman (News)
2018-05-16 10:05:27 UTC
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Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
For those who don't understand the difference between odd and even numbers
that they should have been taught in year one of arithmetic.
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Chris Green
2018-05-16 10:19:19 UTC
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Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
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Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 16:43:46 UTC
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Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
Exactly, which when added together make 49 and a half. I still can't think of how to make ther glaring error above.
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notX
2018-05-16 18:45:43 UTC
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Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
Exactly, which when added together make 49 and a half.  I still can't
think of how to make ther glaring error above.
What if you dropped the first .5 you came across, and forgot to pick it up.
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 19:19:10 UTC
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Post by notX
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
Exactly, which when added together make 49 and a half. I still can't
think of how to make ther glaring error above.
What if you dropped the first .5 you came across, and forgot to pick it up.
When doing maths in my head, I often forget numbers, but I know I've forgotten them and start again, much like when typing I can feel I've hit two keys or ther wrong key.
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Peeler
2018-05-16 19:23:04 UTC
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On Wed, 16 May 2018 13:45:43 -0500, notX, obviously another mentally
Post by notX
Exactly, which when added together make 49 and a half.  I still can't
think of how to make ther glaring error above.
What if you dropped the first .5 you came across, and forgot to pick it up.
So, for HOW long can you senile idiots still go on with this retarded shit?
Depends on how long the troll wants you to go on with it, eh, idiots? <BG>
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 16:44:59 UTC
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Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
I actually add up like that sometimes. I'll come to an answer of twelvety three. It's interesting that some people immediately know what number that is and some don't.
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2018-05-16 18:52:25 UTC
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Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
I actually add up like that sometimes.  I'll come to an answer of
twelvety three.  It's interesting that some people immediately know what
number that is and some don't.
123?

Essentially I applied the "distributive property of multiplication over
addition" rule (but it was much easier, since I wasn't explaining it
too). I separated 99 into 100 and -1, numbers easy to divide by 2, and
then put them back together.

BTW, "where's the 44.5?" reminded me of the 1980's Burger King
commercials where someone was saying "Where's the beef?".
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Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 19:20:21 UTC
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Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
I actually add up like that sometimes. I'll come to an answer of
twelvety three. It's interesting that some people immediately know what
number that is and some don't.
123?
Yes. Eighty, ninety, tenty, eleventy, twelvety.
Post by Mark Lloyd
Essentially I applied the "distributive property of multiplication over
addition" rule (but it was much easier, since I wasn't explaining it
too). I separated 99 into 100 and -1, numbers easy to divide by 2, and
then put them back together.
Yes, same here.
Post by Mark Lloyd
BTW, "where's the 44.5?" reminded me of the 1980's Burger King
commercials where someone was saying "Where's the beef?".
Dunno, I always fast forward ads.
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Peeler
2018-05-16 19:24:28 UTC
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On Wed, 16 May 2018 13:52:25 -0500, Mark Lloyd, another notorious,
Post by Mark Lloyd
BTW, "where's the 44.5?" reminded me of the 1980's Burger King
commercials where someone was saying "Where's the beef?".
What a load of senile drivel! Simply unbelievable! <BG>
rbowman
2018-05-17 01:36:54 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
I actually add up like that sometimes. I'll come to an answer of
twelvety three. It's interesting that some people immediately know what
number that is and some don't.
It must be some obscure Scottish logic that makes it forty and four.
Mark Lloyd
2018-05-16 18:39:50 UTC
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Post by Chris Green
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
Four-and-half-ty, four and a half
Which is equal to 49.5, as in 4.5 * 10^1 + 4.5 * 10^0 = 45 + 4.5 = 49.5

BTW, to get that REALLY correct, replace 10 with r and specify that r =
10. r^1 = r and r^0 = 1.
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Sam E
2018-05-16 18:28:28 UTC
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Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
4.54.5 :-)

3*10+3 = 33
4*10+4 = 44
4.5*10+4.5 = 49.5

Where's the 44.5? (its not at Burger King :-))

Actually, I would start by "promoting" 99 to 100, divide by 2 (easy
here), and correct for the "promotion". Essentially 99 / 2 = (100 / 2) -
(1 / 2). It's the "distributive property", but much less complicated.

BTW, "mathematics" is NOT plural. Consider that you don't go into a
store and say "one mathematic, please".
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 19:32:28 UTC
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Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
4.54.5 :-)
3*10+3 = 33
4*10+4 = 44
4.5*10+4.5 = 49.5
Where's the 44.5? (its not at Burger King :-))
Actually, I would start by "promoting" 99 to 100, divide by 2 (easy
here), and correct for the "promotion". Essentially 99 / 2 = (100 / 2) -
(1 / 2). It's the "distributive property", but much less complicated.
BTW, "mathematics" is NOT plural. Consider that you don't go into a
store and say "one mathematic, please".
Because they always come in lots, like sand. More than one method tends to get used together.
Do you also say "Physic"? "Do the physic equation". Some things are always plural.
The English invented the language, so we're right and you're wrong.
If you want to call math singular, then Americans are a bunch of arsehole.
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Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 19:35:52 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
4.54.5 :-)
3*10+3 = 33
4*10+4 = 44
4.5*10+4.5 = 49.5
Where's the 44.5? (its not at Burger King :-))
Actually, I would start by "promoting" 99 to 100, divide by 2 (easy
here), and correct for the "promotion". Essentially 99 / 2 = (100 / 2) -
(1 / 2). It's the "distributive property", but much less complicated.
BTW, "mathematics" is NOT plural. Consider that you don't go into a
store and say "one mathematic, please".
Because they always come in lots, like sand. More than one method tends to get used together.
Do you also say "Physic"? "Do the physic equation". Some things are always plural.
The English invented the language, so we're right and you're wrong.
If you want to call math singular, then Americans are a bunch of arsehole.

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Gordon R
2018-05-16 21:20:09 UTC
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On 05/16/2018 02:32 PM, Jimmy Wilkinson Knife wrote:

[snip]
Because they always come in lots, like sand.  More than one method tends
to get used together.
Do you also say "Physic"?  "Do the physic equation".  Some things are
always plural.
The English invented the language, so we're right and you're wrong.
If you want to call math singular, then Americans are a bunch of arsehole.
And 4 wheels on a car make the word "car" plural :-)
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 21:46:24 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Because they always come in lots, like sand. More than one method tends
to get used together.
Do you also say "Physic"? "Do the physic equation". Some things are always plural.
The English invented the language, so we're right and you're wrong.
If you want to call math singular, then Americans are a bunch of arsehole.
And 4 wheels on a car make the word "car" plural :-)
I own one car. But I wouldn't solve a problem using only one math.
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Peeler
2018-05-16 21:57:28 UTC
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On Wed, 16 May 2018 16:20:09 -0500, Gordon R, another troll-feeding
Post by Gordon R
Because they always come in lots, like sand.  More than one method tends
to get used together.
Do you also say "Physic"?  "Do the physic equation".  Some things are
always plural.
The English invented the language, so we're right and you're wrong.
If you want to call math singular, then Americans are a bunch of arsehole.
And 4 wheels on a car make the word "car" plural :-)
So, you idiots have been through this "maths" bullshit about a dozen times
over the last year, and you STILL keep falling for the same idiotic bait by
this sociopathic attention whore!
Sam E
2018-05-16 21:31:04 UTC
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On 05/16/2018 02:32 PM, Jimmy Wilkinson Knife wrote:

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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Because they always come in lots, like sand.
Maybe you're right. In that case, you should have no trouble telling me
what a "mathematic" (or whatever the singular form is) is.

[snip]
Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 21:46:58 UTC
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Post by Gordon R
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Because they always come in lots, like sand.
Maybe you're right. In that case, you should have no trouble telling me
what a "mathematic" (or whatever the singular form is) is.
Pick any one part of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics
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Max Demian
2018-05-16 20:24:09 UTC
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Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
4.54.5 :-)
3*10+3 = 33
4*10+4 = 44
4.5*10+4.5 = 49.5
Where's the 44.5? (its not at Burger King :-))
Actually, I would start by "promoting" 99 to 100, divide by 2 (easy
here), and correct for the "promotion". Essentially 99 / 2 = (100 / 2) -
(1 / 2). It's the "distributive property", but much less complicated.
BTW, "mathematics" is NOT plural. Consider that you don't go into a
store and say "one mathematic, please".
It was originally a plural. This, and the Math vs Maths debate is
covered in the Radio 4 More or Less programme:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p066x9fh?t=17m43s
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Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
2018-05-16 21:57:42 UTC
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Post by Sam E
Post by Max Demian
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5. Why? I said 49.5. I halve 100 then
take another half off. Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
Half of 66 is 33; half of 88 is 44; half of 99 is...
4.54.5 :-)
3*10+3 = 33
4*10+4 = 44
4.5*10+4.5 = 49.5
Where's the 44.5? (its not at Burger King :-))
Actually, I would start by "promoting" 99 to 100, divide by 2 (easy
here), and correct for the "promotion". Essentially 99 / 2 = (100 / 2) -
(1 / 2). It's the "distributive property", but much less complicated.
BTW, "mathematics" is NOT plural. Consider that you don't go into a
store and say "one mathematic, please".
It was originally a plural. This, and the Math vs Maths debate is
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p066x9fh?t=17m43s
It's not a debate. The language is English. From England. We say what's right, the Americans just fuck it up.
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The Natural Philosopher
2018-05-17 04:59:56 UTC
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BTW, "mathematics" is NOT plural. Consider that you don't go into a
store and say "one mathematic, please".
you dont go into a store and say 'ten mathematics, please' either.
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or condoning; the full, exact, specific meaning of collectivism, of its
logical implications, of the principles upon which it is based, and of
the ultimate consequences to which these principles will lead. They must
face it, then decide whether this is what they want or not.

Ayn Rand.
Mark Lloyd
2018-05-16 18:13:36 UTC
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Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
I heard this on a gameshow: "Answer quickly, what's half of 99?" -
Allegedly most people say 44.5.  Why?  I said 49.5.  I halve 100 then
take another half off.  Or you could halve 90 then add half of 9.
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
That (halve 100 then take another half off) is what I would do. 44.5
doesn't make sense.
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"Life can be beautiful, profound, and awe-inspiring, even without an
irate god threatening us with eternal torment." Judith Hayes, In God We
Trust: But Which One? (Madison, WI: FFRF, 1997), p.
Peeler
2018-05-16 18:51:13 UTC
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On Wed, 16 May 2018 13:13:36 -0500, Mark Lloyd, another notorious,
Post by Mark Lloyd
Post by Jimmy Wilkinson Knife
Either way, how can people make this mistake?
That (halve 100 then take another half off) is what I would do. 44.5
doesn't make sense.
And another troll-feeding idiot had to run along and prove again what an
asshole he is! <BG>
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