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#1
06-13-2012, 01:21 PM
 Gangster Octopus Guest Join Date: Dec 2002
Answer this quickly (and hopefully correctly)

A hot dog and a soda cost \$1.10. The hot dog is a dollar more than the soda, how much is the soda?
#2
06-13-2012, 01:23 PM
 Taomist Guest Join Date: Jul 2009
A nickel.

Wait...what are the taxes?
#3
06-13-2012, 01:27 PM
 Sicks Ate Guest Join Date: Feb 2011
.5
#4
06-13-2012, 01:32 PM
 olivesmarch4th Member Join Date: Jan 2007 Location: Exit 9 Posts: 10,665
Ten cents.

ETA: Math fail. I was never good at this stuff. 5 cents?

Last edited by olivesmarch4th; 06-13-2012 at 01:33 PM.
#5
06-13-2012, 01:33 PM
 TriPolar Member Join Date: Oct 2007 Location: rhode island Posts: 19,707
This must have been in the old days where a soda cost a nickel. But then the hot dog would only cost a nickel then too. Everything cost a nickel in the old days, it was the only unit of currency. So the question has no reality based answer, just a theoretical one.

Last edited by TriPolar; 06-13-2012 at 01:33 PM.
#6
06-13-2012, 01:34 PM
 runner pat Charter Member Join Date: Nov 2000 Location: Riding my handcycle Posts: 11,273
2 dollars. There's no way a nickel's worth of soda will be enough.
#7
06-13-2012, 01:36 PM
 Taomist Guest Join Date: Jul 2009
Wait...is this in New York and the soda is over 16 oz? 'cause that's illegal territory, bud!
#8
06-13-2012, 01:38 PM
 Lancia Member Join Date: Jun 2011 Location: Denial Posts: 922
All right, help me out here... how does 1.10 - 1.00 = .05? Is there some new rule of basic arithmetic that's been discovered since I was in gradeschool?
#9
06-13-2012, 01:40 PM
 Cat Whisperer Charter Member Join Date: Oct 2000 Location: Calgary, AB. Posts: 43,566
The soda is five cents, the hot dog is 1.05 dollars - therefore, the hot dog is one dollar more than the soda if the soda is five cents.

Caveat: I"m no math genius. If I'm wrong, well, it won't be the first time.
#10
06-13-2012, 01:41 PM
 Leaffan Guest Join Date: Aug 2005
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Lancia All right, help me out here... how does 1.10 - 1.00 = .05? Is there some new rule of basic arithmetic that's been discovered since I was in gradeschool?
I must be dumb too, because I instantly said "ten cents."

Last edited by Leaffan; 06-13-2012 at 01:41 PM.
#11
06-13-2012, 01:41 PM
 Lancia Member Join Date: Jun 2011 Location: Denial Posts: 922
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Sicks Ate .5
As in, 50 cents??

Man, you guys got me totally confused.
#12
06-13-2012, 01:42 PM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
5 copper disks.
#13
06-13-2012, 01:44 PM
 Sicks Ate Guest Join Date: Feb 2011
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Lancia As in, 50 cents?? Man, you guys got me totally confused.
Uh....yeah typo, I was going for .05
#14
06-13-2012, 01:44 PM
 Leaffan Guest Join Date: Aug 2005
nm

Last edited by Leaffan; 06-13-2012 at 01:45 PM.
#15
06-13-2012, 01:44 PM
 Drunky Smurf Member Join Date: Dec 2006 Location: Smurf Village. Posts: 4,406
.5 cents.

SPOILER:
#16
06-13-2012, 01:45 PM
 Gangster Octopus Guest Join Date: Dec 2002
If it makes folks feel any better, half of students at Harvard, Princeton and MIT got this question wrong when asked. Whether you get it right or not is not really correlated with your intelligence.
#17
06-13-2012, 01:45 PM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Lancia All right, help me out here... how does 1.10 - 1.00 = .05? Is there some new rule of basic arithmetic that's been discovered since I was in gradeschool?
If the hot dog costs a dollar more than the soda, and if the soda is 5 cents, then

.05 + 1.00 = 1.05.

The cost of the soda and hot dog together:

.05 + 1.05 = 1.10.
#18
06-13-2012, 01:46 PM
 Sicks Ate Guest Join Date: Feb 2011
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Gangster Octopus If it makes folks feel any better, half of students at Harvard, Princeton and MIT got this question wrong when asked. Whether you get it right or not is not really correlated with your intelligence.
I knew MIT wasn't worth my time.
#19
06-13-2012, 01:47 PM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Drunky Smurf .5 cents.
A hapenny?
#20
06-13-2012, 01:47 PM
 Gagundathar Guest Join Date: Jan 2010
It is all in the wording.
Obviously if you choose \$1.00 for the hot dog and \$0.10 for the drink, the difference is \$0.90.
So, to fulfill the requirements of this little gem, you have to say \$1.05 for the hot dog and \$0.05 for the drink. That makes the difference equal to \$1.00.

Shall I draw a diagram? ;-)
#21
06-13-2012, 01:47 PM
 Lancia Member Join Date: Jun 2011 Location: Denial Posts: 922
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Cat Whisperer The soda is five cents, the hot dog is 1.05 dollars - therefore, the hot dog is one dollar more than the soda if the soda is five cents. Caveat: I"m no math genius. If I'm wrong, well, it won't be the first time.
Does not compute. If the soda is 5 cents (.05) and the hot dog costs one dollar more (one dollar being an even 1.00), then the total should be 1.05, right? 1.00 + .05 = 1.05.
#22
06-13-2012, 01:50 PM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Lancia Does not compute. If the soda is 5 cents (.05) and the hot dog costs one dollar more (one dollar being an even 1.00), then the total should be 1.05, right? 1.00 + .05 = 1.05.
No, the hot dog is a dollar more, making it 1.05. That's the hot dog alone. What's the hot dog PLUS the soda?
#23
06-13-2012, 01:52 PM
 Lancia Member Join Date: Jun 2011 Location: Denial Posts: 922
Quote:
 Originally Posted by tdn If the hot dog costs a dollar more than the soda, and if the soda is 5 cents, then .05 + 1.00 = 1.05. The cost of the soda and hot dog together: .05 + 1.05 = 1.10.

Now I get it.
#24
06-13-2012, 01:54 PM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Lancia Now I get it.
Yeah, but where did the other 2 dollars go?
#25
06-13-2012, 02:03 PM
 Dallas Jones Guest Join Date: Apr 2008
What if I ordered water with my hot dog and the water was free? But the cup was .05 and then I spilled the water on my girfriend and asked for another cup, which they gave to me free?

How much is this girl going to cost me, eventually?
#26
06-13-2012, 02:05 PM
 Shagnasty Charter Member Join Date: May 2000 Posts: 20,633
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Dallas Jones What if I ordered water with my hot dog and the water was free? But the cup was .05 and then I spilled the water on my girfriend and asked for another cup, which they gave to me free? How much is this girl going to cost me, eventually?
Everything you have and then some eventually.
#27
06-13-2012, 02:06 PM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Dallas Jones What if I ordered water with my hot dog and the water was free? But the cup was .05 and then I spilled the water on my girfriend and asked for another cup, which they gave to me free? How much is this girl going to cost me, eventually?
#28
06-13-2012, 02:07 PM
 TriPolar Member Join Date: Oct 2007 Location: rhode island Posts: 19,707
Quote:
 Originally Posted by tdn Yeah, but where did the other 2 dollars go?
The bellhop kept it.
#29
06-13-2012, 02:09 PM
 Taomist Guest Join Date: Jul 2009
Quote:
 Originally Posted by tdn yeah, but where did the other 2 dollars go?
i want my two dollars!!!
#30
06-13-2012, 08:34 PM
 Senegoid Guest Join Date: Sep 2011
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Sicks Ate .5
Verizon math!
#31
06-13-2012, 08:37 PM
 billfish678 Guest Join Date: Jun 2006
The funny thing about this question is this. You can easily jump to an answer that you think is correct. The important part is that you can then very easily CHECK what you think the answer is once you THINK you've got it. That a good fraction of smart people never bothered to do the second part doesn't surprise me in the least. Because they are so used to being right it often doesn't occur to them to consider they might not be.

Last edited by billfish678; 06-13-2012 at 08:39 PM.
#32
06-13-2012, 11:20 PM
 Autolycus Member Join Date: Nov 2002 Location: Ainran Posts: 11,449
Quote:
 Originally Posted by TriPolar This must have been in the old days where a soda cost a nickel. But then the hot dog would only cost a nickel then too. Everything cost a nickel in the old days, it was the only unit of currency. So the question has no reality based answer, just a theoretical one.
Yeah, everything did cost a nickel back then. Even to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.
#33
06-13-2012, 11:44 PM
 flatlined Member Join Date: Jan 2011 Location: high desert Posts: 2,643
42

Because that is the answer to any math question. It gives me time to think about a better answer.

Last edited by flatlined; 06-13-2012 at 11:45 PM.
#34
06-13-2012, 11:54 PM
 Enkel Guest Join Date: May 2012
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Gangster Octopus A hot dog and a soda cost \$1.10. The hot dog is a dollar more than the soda, how much is the soda?
I'm in the process of editing right now, so this is what my mind did:

A hot dog and a soda cost \$1.10. The hot dog is a dollar, more than the soda. How much is the soda?

#35
06-14-2012, 03:44 AM
 sandra_nz Guest Join Date: Jun 2005
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Gangster Octopus A hot dog and a soda cost \$1.10. The hot dog is a dollar more than the soda, how much is the soda?
#36
06-14-2012, 05:14 AM
 Alka Seltzer Guest Join Date: May 2009
I got it wrong as well. I take it you got it from here Gangster Octopus?

The conclusion of that article is a bit depressing. "People who were aware of their own biases were not better able to overcome them.”
#37
06-14-2012, 06:25 AM
 Musicat Charter Member Join Date: Oct 1999 Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI USA Posts: 14,695
High school algebra. I'll take it slow for the math-impaired.

Let S represent the cost of a soda, and H, the cost of a hot dog.

The premise is

S + H = 1.10

and

H = S + 1.00

Substituting H in the first equation,

S + (S+1.00) = 1.10

Reduces to

S + S + 1.00 = 1.10

2S + 1.00 = 1.10

2S = 1.10 - 1.00

2S = .10

S = .10/2

S = .05, so a soda costs a nickel. For you Aussies, that's a 5-cent piece.*

-----------------------------

* I was in Sydney long ago, and the bank teller didn't understand me when I asked for nickels in change so I could make a phone call. Apparently "nickel" isn't globally universal for "5-cent piece," and it wasn't obvious to this Yank. Stupid foreigners.
#38
06-14-2012, 07:08 AM
 GuanoLad Charter Member Join Date: Sep 1999 Location: Where the wild roses grow Posts: 18,115
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Musicat * I was in Sydney long ago, and the bank teller didn't understand me when I asked for nickels in change so I could make a phone call. Apparently "nickel" isn't globally universal for "5-cent piece," and it wasn't obvious to this Yank. Stupid foreigners.
You would've been totally out of luck if you'd wanted it in quarters.
#39
06-14-2012, 07:12 AM
 DCnDC Guest Join Date: Feb 2010
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Musicat High school algebra. I'll take it slow for the math-impaired.
FYI: invoking high school algebra doesn't really help clear anything up for the math-impaired. In fact, it usually has the opposite effect.
#40
06-14-2012, 07:15 AM
 Musicat Charter Member Join Date: Oct 1999 Location: Sturgeon Bay, WI USA Posts: 14,695
Quote:
 Originally Posted by DCnDC FYI: invoking high school algebra doesn't really help clear anything up for the math-impaired. In fact, it usually has the opposite effect.
Math-"challenged"? Math-"What's math?"?
#41
06-14-2012, 08:54 AM
 Cat Whisperer Charter Member Join Date: Oct 2000 Location: Calgary, AB. Posts: 43,566
Quote:
 Originally Posted by flatlined 42 Because that is the answer to any math question. It gives me time to think about a better answer.
Hey! You totally copied that off of my paper! (I gave that answer in the other math thread yesterday, which I am too lazy to look up.)

Actually, us copying off each other probably isn't the best idea for our math grades - how about we go to the cafeteria and eat french fries and gossip instead?
#42
06-14-2012, 08:56 AM
 The Great Sun Jester Guest Join Date: Mar 2004
Math. Not even once.
#43
06-14-2012, 09:00 AM
 Cat Whisperer Charter Member Join Date: Oct 2000 Location: Calgary, AB. Posts: 43,566
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Inigo Montoya Math. Not even once.
You can join us in the cafeteria if you like (especially if you have some good gossip).
#44
06-14-2012, 09:07 AM
 Anaamika Guest Join Date: Nov 2001
I hate you people. I'm going to the cafeteria.
#45
06-14-2012, 09:14 AM
 The Great Sun Jester Guest Join Date: Mar 2004
nm

Last edited by The Great Sun Jester; 06-14-2012 at 09:14 AM.
#46
06-14-2012, 09:26 AM
 Sir T-Cups Guest Join Date: Oct 2008
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Anaamika I hate you people. I'm going to the cafeteria.
Wait for me! I wanna come too, it's pizza day!

And I'm getting chocolate milk...I don't care what "society" says!
#47
06-14-2012, 09:43 AM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by Sir T-Cups Wait for me! I wanna come too, it's pizza day!
It's not Sicilian pizza is it? If so, then pie are squared.
#48
06-14-2012, 09:47 AM
 TriPolar Member Join Date: Oct 2007 Location: rhode island Posts: 19,707
Quote:
 Originally Posted by tdn It's not Sicilian pizza is it? If so, then pie are squared.
You can't sit with us.
#49
06-14-2012, 09:53 AM
 tdn Guest Join Date: Feb 2000
Quote:
 Originally Posted by TriPolar You can't sit with us.
Fine, more square root beer for me.
#50
06-14-2012, 09:56 AM
 The Great Sun Jester Guest Join Date: Mar 2004
* sigh *

The clearest sine of a trainwreck thread is unbounded tangents.

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