Post by Zootal Post by Stormin Mormon
Ask people you know who are under 25, you'll be amazed at
1. What is a record player?
2. What is a dial telephone?
3. Who were the Beatles?
4. What is an 8-track tape player?
5. How many major wars occured in the 20th century?
6. What is inflation?
7. What is the cheapest price you can remember for gas?
8. What was the draft?
9. How were things done before computers?
10. How did people send a letter before e-mail?
11. You buy an item for $1.27. You hand the clerk two dollars. Without a
using a calculator, how much change should you get back?
We've seen kids at a cash register practically in tears trying to make
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Calculators; bah humbug.
Ah but we also pay a sales tax. Used to be 15%. Which was easy; one
tenth plus half of that again, added to the price.
So in the example above sales tax would be 12.7 (that's 13 cents) plus
half of that again (6.5 cents) a tax of 19 cents.
So; 1.27 = 19 cents = well mentally I would say well that's one cent
less than 1.47 or 1.46. And 1.46 is 4 cents less than 1.50 so from the
2 bucks that's, 54 cents change!!!!!
New the sales tax has been reduced to 13%; haven't yet worked out a
quick way to mentally calculate that. There probably is one though.
BTW anybody interested in our 'Quick and Dirty' interest and monthly
repayment calculation that one can do in one's head and is reasonably
accurate for amount up to say $20,000 and say five years. Although
again been meaning to work out some sort of correction factor for
bigger amounts or longer periods!.
PS. Grandson when very small seen urgently pointing a digital
calculator at the TV and pressing various buttons; thinking it was the
And in more recent years he's been showing his friends this 'cool'
phone with a round dial (A Contempra with in-handset rotary dial) that
we have in the hall passageway for convenient answering.
But yes; I don't know how to 'knit' a fishing net or use a cast net,
split a chunk of wood with one blow; skills my father in law and
brother in law took for granted.