Wednesday, January 16, 2008

12 Nuggets (Kids Can't Do Basic Math)

Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]
17 January 2008

Column 8

More on the subject of young people and basic maths (Column 8, since last week), from Tony, of Quakers Hill. "Try this - it's amusing and slightly disturbing. Go into a MacDonald's drive-through and order 12 nuggets. I guarantee that the reply will be 'Sorry, but we only sell them in packs of 6, 10 and 20'. That's the amusing part. If you want to carry it further (and risk feeling disturbed), you should answer 'Yes, I know'. There will be a prolonged silence as the attendant tries to sort out this dilemma. They will (eventually) come back with 'So what would you like, 6, 10 or 20?"' [...]