## Posts tagged ‘barbeque’

### I’m Only Half-Serious

“I’d like to order a whole chicken,” I said to the man behind the counter at the barbeque restaurant.

“Sorry, dude,” he replied. “We don’t have whole chickens.”

“Oh, okay. Well, what should I get for a family of four?”

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

So I wrote a letter to the manager at Red Hot & Blue:

To Whom It May Concern,

Sincerely,
A Mathematically Literate Customer

Of course, there are those who could be convinced that 1 = 1/2. Let a = b. Then,

a2 = ab
a2b2 = abb2
(a + b)(ab) = b(ab)
a + b = b
a + a = a
2a = a
2 = 1
2 ÷ 2 = 1 ÷ 2
1 = 1/2

A lot of confusion about halves and wholes occurs in classrooms, too.

Teacher: Who can give me some examples of whole numbers?
Student: 0, 6, 8, 9.
Student: That’s only a half-whole, since 1 doesn’t have a hole in it.

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