Good Math in a Bad Economy
Times are tough. In February, the unemployment rate was 9.5%, and the U.S. cost of living hit an all‑time high. Some folks will take any job just to make ends meet…
A young man reported to the supermarket for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a smile and a warm handshake, then promptly handed him a broom and said, “Your first task is to sweep the entire store.”
“But, I have a PhD in mathematics,” said the young man indignantly.
“Oh, I’m sorry,” said the manager. “Here, give me the broom — I’ll show you how.”
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, at least 8 million Americans are at least one month behind on their mortgage payments. Still, some folks are trying to re‑pay their debts…
A mathematician and an engineer are walking down the street. A mugger approaches, pulls out a gun, and demands their money. “Just a second,” says the engineer. He takes out his wallet, turns to the mathematician, hands him a bill and says, “Here’s the $20 I owe you.”