Stuff I Found

Saturday, February 10, 2007

"Prodigy corrects bean counters"

A genius eight year old math prodigy found a mistake at a museum...

According to the article, this is the problem:


A jelly bean has a volume of about 1 cubic cm.This container is half a pyramid.

Its base measures 46 cm by 23 cm and its height is 72 cm.

Here's the formula to find the volume: 1/3 x base area x height.

Now divide your answer by 2 since this is half a pyramid.

Now multiply your answer by 0.9 to account for spaces between the jelly beans.

The answer should be 22,853.

First of all, do you have to be a that smart to see the error?

Second of all, is this even a math error? Looks a lot more like a wording error...

I think the reason nobody saw the error before was because nobody... um... cared.

The headline should be: "Someone actually reads museum plaque and cares about what it says"


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