Or, maybe he won't bother.  After all, her husband didn't really defame her in any way.  He just asked her a simple -- maybe the simplest -- math problem.

Hard, though, to watch this clip and not think: Why are we fighting so hard to save Western Civilization?

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Good acting!

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Re: When Will the President Call This Woman?

 katievs: Here's what I did the other night.  I was trying to figure out how old the headmaster is.  He said he graduated from the school in 1967.  So I thought, okay, he was 18 then.  So what's 18 plus 67?I did this out loud.  In front of a complete stranger.My husband was there and didn't say a word. · 8 minutes ago

Cherish your husband. He loves you.

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If it is real, which is dumber a woman who can not get the answer to the miles per hour question or a husband who uploads a video showing a wife's mistake?

If real, the real stupid award should go to the man. Any long married man would never make such an obvious mistake.

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It depends on if your car is a Volt or not, because then you have to factor in the probability of a car fire.

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But I'd love to hear them discuss the difference between marginal and average tax rates.

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*IF* this is real (and I stress "if") then I suspect the woman was trying to answer a different question than was asked.  I have no idea what that other question might be, but I have no other explanation for the whole "you have to cut it in half" thing.

Which reminds me of my favorite non-intuitive math problem.

Two cities are 60 miles apart.  You drive from city A to city B at 30 miles/hour.  How fast do you have to drive on the return  to average 60 miles per hour for the entire roundtrip?

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Given that they are 60 miles apart...1600 tire rotations or so...with me running at 12 miles an hour ... I'm not in as good a physical condition as this man's wife -- and given that my tire pressure is correct.

The answer is...Transporter or H.G. Wells.  More likely H.G. Wells or as any fan of Back to the Future knows the necessary speed is 88 miles per hour so long as you have a flux-capacitor and enough plutonium to  produce 1.21 gigawatts of power.

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Sounds to me like he is (correctly) thinking of the question in purely mathematical terms, which will be true always and everywhere, even if you're not currently driving in a car.

But she is thinking more concretely, about the actual trip they're on and how fast he is going, and how well inflated the tires are, and how the speed of the car compares to how fast she can run, etc., etc., etc.

Even so, she guesses 58 minutes, which is very close!

(Far be it from me to wonder if there is a larger tendency for women to personalize issues, and to over-complicate them by bringing in irrelevant facts!)

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Rob, why did you think you should post this?

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Okay, the husband was clearly applying what a white-male dominated western society would term as logic. But, the wife, clearly possessing a higher education than the husband, understands that in a post-modern society  a misogynistic and imperialistic construction of the modality labeled as logic will lead a person to not grasp other, often higher, values of understanding.

Therefore, it is important to consider variables such as your current state of physical fitness, tire pressure, examples of other vehicles, and their performance, e.g police cars, to get a fuller understanding of the problem and the multiple possible solutions.

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 Duke Powell: It seems that some commentators have a hard time believing that some folks have a very hard time with simple math.Well, let me disabuse you of that notion.A few months ago a very cute and perky gal that I work with could not add 10 and 14 without pencil and paper.....That's right.... Without pencil and paper..... · 3 hours ago

A few years ago, I got a new eighth grade student.  She had just moved to Buffalo from Virginia.  In the course of solving a problem, she had to calculate 3+5.

She reached for a calculator.

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 Matthew Bartle: I commend the Code of Conduct, and the self control of all commenters so far, for not putting in print what is obviously the first thing to cross the mind of every man who sees this. · 3 hours ago

Hey!

Maybe he married her for her cooking.

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That was amazing. And I hope a hoax. If it was not a hoax, this reflects so poorly on the man driving the car. And not just for uploading his wife's shame for all the world to see.

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There's no accounting for intelligence.......Or the lack thereof.

I sure hope this guy stays away from anything she cooks using a recipe.  She sounds like teaspoon (t/tsp) and tablespoon (T/Tbsp) would really cause her a problem.

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How many hours?  Really, HOW do you know?  I mean, how DO you know?

How is his way more right than hers?

I've always heard we learn best when we reason to solutions based on our own experiences - THAT'S the best way.  She's doing it!

You judgmental people!

Now, I've got to post another comment to that "uptalk" thread.  Serious stuff!

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This isn’t math (or science), it’s arithmetic.

As for math, the fuel economy of my Honda is 0.0559 square millimeters!  (42 mi/gal, or  0.238 gal/mi, which is the same as 0.00009 cubic meters per 1,609 linear meters - the units cancel, and there you have it)

I’m blonde too.

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At the grocery store today I bought a vegetable that didn't have a bar code. The young man flipped through the list of produce by the register increasingly nervously. He finally asked me."What is this?" "Asparagus", I replied. He started flipping through the list again saying to him himself quietly,"As-spare-a-gus" that must start with "A".

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 Jeff Richter: Which reminds me of my favorite non-intuitive math problem.Two cities are 60 miles apart.  You drive from city A to city B at 30 miles/hour.  How fast do you have to drive on the return  to average 60 miles per hour for the entire roundtrip?

Nice, but not entirely counterintuitive. If you've already taken 2 hours to drive the sixty miles, there's no way to take 2 hours to drive 120 miles.

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 katievs: Here's what I did the other night.  I was trying to figure out how old the headmaster is.  He said he graduated from the school in 1967.  So I thought, okay, he was 18 then.  So what's 18 plus 67?I did this out loud.  In front of a complete stranger.My husband was there and didn't say a word.

Oh, I've done worse.

Like the time the head of the Math Department asked us all to guess his age at a bar. I had seen his driver's license and the birthdate on it when he was asked to show ID, so all I had to do was subtract. But my mental arithmetic was so lousy I was off by ten years, and ended up with the worst guess of all.

(But I was able to deduce that it was highly unlikely that anyone else had seen the birthdate on his license when he showed it, since no one guessed right and everyone there was better at arithmetic than me.)

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Obama voter.  No doubt.

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