## Posts tagged ‘McDonald’s’

### No Bull — This is My New Favorite Fermi Question

It’s hard to say which emotion was strongest — awe, bewilderment, admiration, horror, fear — when I heard the following statistic:

McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second.

But I’m a math guy, so there’s no doubt where my mind turned after that emotion passed:

How many cows is that?

Have at it, internet.

What do you get when you divide the circumference of a bovine by its diameter?

Cow pi.What is the favorite course at Bovine College?

Cowculus.A mathematician counted 196 cows in the field. But when he rounded them up, he got 200.

### Questions and Answers

I’ve been teaching my sons how to tell time on an analog clock. The following is a recent conversation:

Me: The little hand is the hour hand, and the big hand is the minute hand.

Eli: What’s the third hand for?

Me: That’s the second hand.

Alex: Why is the third hand called the second hand?

Here are some questions that I’ve been asked recently for which I *did* know to respond…

How good are you at algebra?

Vary able.Why is simplifying a fraction like powdering your nose?

It improves appearance without changing the value.What do you get when you cross geometry with McDonald’s?

A plane cheeseburger.