Friday, March 30, 2007

Math problem for today

Howard is sitting in traffic at a red light. The car in front of him is 1.5 meters away, while the car behind him is 1.2 meters away. When the light turns green, traffic will begin moving at a rate of .001 meters per second, gradually increasing at a rate directly proportional to the speed of the first car in line, which is currently being driven by a little old lady who seems to have forgotten where the hell she is.
At this rate, approximately how many seconds will it take before Howard is sent to anger management classes after getting out of his car and smashing windshields with a crowbar?


Lynda said...

15 seconds. Oh, wait. Do I have to phrase it like a question?

What is 15 seconds, Alec?

Mr. Fabulous said...

What a dork. Everyone knows you are supposed to use the crowbar on the little old lady.

Bond said...

And exactly why does he get out of his car? He can use his semi-automatic from the comfort of his front seat.

Morgen said...

Ha -- this made me think of Bee's post about the family being held at gunpoint.
I'll say 8.25 seconds.
But I like Mr. Fab & Bond's answers much better than mine!

Janna said...

Lynda: Accch, you forgot to carry the one!!

Mr. Fab: Ordinarily that would work, except this little old lady has an Uzi. Hey, she may be senile but she's still a badass.

Bond: Well, then it's kind of hard to aim at the car behind you, plus you'd ruin your own windshield in the process... I like your train of thought, though!

Morgen: 8.25 seconds.... Lemme check... YES! Yes, that's it! That's the right answer!!! Yay!!!

Travis said...

The answer is a negative number.

Janna said...

Travis: That's only the case in Australia, where the toilets flush clockwise instead of counterclockwise... (Or wait, is it the other way around?)