Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Math Problem For Today

Janna is driving 60mph in a 55mph zone.
She approaches an Amish buggy which is going 10mph.
Assuming a rapid rate of deceleration, how many horse turds will Janna run over before she's able to pass?
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12 comments:

Bear said...

So let me get this straight... you're driving too fast because you feel the urgent need building in you to pass a... horse turd?

Your tummy must've been rumbling for ages.

Good luck with it.

Janna said...

Bear: I think it's because I've been trying to eat more fiber lately.

Da Old Man said...

Since the square root of 60 is around 7.8 divide that by the (or is it multiply?) coeffifient of the mass index of horse turds and you come up with either 73 or .17.

Either way, it is time to get your car washed.

Grace said...

The answer to everything is always 12

Kyle McHattie said...

No, the answer is 42.

subtorp77 said...

You'll also have to factor in the cop behind that stray bill-board( speed-trap! )and the fact you may just step in one of those butt-bombs when you're asked to "please step out of the car ma'am"-LOL!

And are we talking wet or dry macadam? Brake and tyre wear? Sudden "Horse-bolting-like-lightning-syndrome"? Dang! this is a toughie, all right! :)

Janna said...

DaOldMan: My car agrees with you.

Grace: I remember the old Peanuts cartoons where Peppermint Patty would be sleeping in class, and when someone woke her up, she'd shout "I'm awake! I'm awake! The answer is twelve!"

Kyle: Ahhh, yes, the answer to "Life, The Universe, And Everything"...

Subtorp: I had to Google the word macadam to figure out what it meant. Which is a good thing, because at first (judging solely from the context), I thought it referred to the horse poop. I was going to say "wet or dry? Well, if it's fresh, it's probably wet..."

subtorp77 said...

Janna, that's okay...would you believe the word is still in use?

whall said...

Ah, that's a trick question. Amish people don't ride on roads.

Janna said...

Subtorp: Not around here, it isn't! :) But we do have plenty of horse turds. I live in an area with lots of Amish.

Whall: Every day, there are one or two Amish buggies who ride to/from work, on my road. I think they work at the grain mill. As I mentioned to Subtorp, there are lots of Amish farms in Hillsdale County (and Branch County). It's quite common to see them on the road ahead of you. They go so slowly, since their engine is only "one horsepower". (heh!)
Nice people, as far as I can tell.

Travis said...

17.

Janna said...

Travis: Actually, that's pretty close...