Thoughts In Fives (Vol.I)

14 Jun

1.  As I watch the ever-worsening tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, it occurs to me that we should never again build anything, anywhere, that can’t be reached by a repairperson wearing a tool belt.

2.  Professional golf would be far more entertaining (and a far greater test of the skill of its competitors) if the spectators were allowed to heckle, chant, jump, and wave before each swing the way basketball fans are allowed to carry on before foul shots.Commentary, Opinion, Thought...Like Tweets, But Longer...By Kenn Shapiro

3.  Is it redundant to say, “I’m just saying,” when you’re saying something?

4.  Apart from the fact that his father was Tim Russert, can anyone with any bona fides in journalism explain why Luke Russert has a job as an on-air reporter for MSNBC?

5.  If 10 is twenty percent of 50 and ten percent of 100, then why isn’t it fifteen percent of 75?


3 Responses to “Thoughts In Fives (Vol.I)”

  1. George Secko August 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Quick guess on my part – you did not start back at zero for the 75. Slope of the straight lines are different so you are comparing apples and oranges.

  2. Jayanth Srinivasan June 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Dear Kenn Shapiro,

    Whilst I cannot comment on the first four of your queries, I feel that I am qualified to assist on number five!

    As you rightly point out, 10 is not equal to 15 percent of 75. The reason for this is that the product of 15 and 75 does not equal 1,000. As you may notice, not only does 20 percent of 50 yield 10, but 50 percent of 20 yields 10 as well! In fact, for any two numbers, P and Q, if P by Q equals 1,000, then 10 is equal to P percent of Q, which is also equal to Q percent of P. In addition, given two numbers such that 10 is equal to P percent of Q, it is necessarily true that P by Q equals 1,000. I hope that this offers you assistance in your quest for answers!

    Prof. Jayanth Srinivasan

    P.S. My extended family and I greatly enjoy the Finding It Again book!

  3. Lisa Ruderman June 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm #


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