And the winner is…
Ok friends, I believe we have a winner from yesterday’s story competition. Mardi (my most excellent aunt), suggested the following – and it’s well worth a read!
You had to determine the average number of pips (let pip equal p) in a mandarin.
If you let d equal division of the mandarin, (although personally I would call them segments, so I am finding Mr the Rake’s algebraic formula a little wacky – but hey he’s got other skills besides maths), it is possible to calculate (that is why you had a calculator) how many pips in one division, and then extrapolate that into how many pips in one mandarin, and how many pips in 3 mandarins.
I’m not sure why m for mandarin never shows up in the formula, and it would have confused things when Mr the Rake ate a mandarin in the middle of the whole thing. He should know evidence is important. YOU CAN’T EAT THE EVIDENCE RAKE!!!!
There were pencils in case fingers and toes weren’t enough to count on, plus you got to do a colouring in if you got the answer right. But as there is no photo of any colouring in, I’m guessing that you didn’t get it right. There are 2 reasons for that –
1′you should have had m for mandarin in your formula. I’m guessing the a is for apple – that was a mistake – you can never substitute one fruit for another in mathematics, and
2. you can’t eat the damn evidence.
I thoroughly enjoyed the answers. A new friend of mine, Miss Amy, from Thoroughly Nourished Life (Mardi, the two of you would get along!) gets a special mention for:
I am guessing that you and Mr The Rake spent last night trying to figure out the number of mandarins it would take to equal the pH level of a battery?
Because you’re both great, you can both have my love and affection – Amy is the only blogger though, so she gets a few more perks! Tomorrow (Sunday), you are both royalty for the day!
- Both of you can expect a special shout out in tomorrow’s post
- Amy can expect tweet promos for her last two blog posts; and
- Some facebook love for Mardi, and a post link on facebook for Amy
Here’s what actually happened
It’s nowhere near as interesting!
At the start of the night, I got upset because I thought I hadn’t brought any pens. Mr The Rake gestured to the pencils on the table and I turned up my nose at them.
I checked my handbag for a loose pen and found not 1, but 14 pens in my handbag. (Along with a calculator and a packet of batteries).
Hence Mr The Rake’s face.
After the fist round, a member of the team ‘Desiree Potatoes’ came and gave us some of their mandarins. I still don’t know why.
For Thursday trivia, I’m not telling you our team name – it’s so dirty that even the MC sniggers every time he reads it out.
The maths isn’t from Mr The Rake – we were asked how long T and H would take to paint a fence if T took x time and H took y time. Mr The Rake and Sam figured it out in about 20 seconds. Chris spent 30 minutes doing calculus on the back of the jackpot answer sheet.
We did not win.
2 Quick Updates
1. On Tuesday, Mary from A Walk in the Woods will be guest-posting. My honours draft is due that day, and I expect you will want to read something other than why the dolphin-safe label was incorrectly determined in the international legal system.
Mary is a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador and has a journey very different from my own. I love what she’s written, and she has some practical advice as well as an inspiring story.
2. Some of you saw on Daily Mile or the Run with Kate facebook page that I didn’t finish my run today. I was supposed to go out for 14km and only got 4.5km in. It’s all cool and under control, if frustrating! I’ve got a sore ITB, and decided to back off so I can be at full strength for Sunday. 1 week away!
A sudden realisation that it’s all come together! Despite the stupid run this morning, I’ve put in the training, and next Sunday, I’ll be running!
Ever received the ‘royal treatment’ as a prize?
Do you or someone you know keep ridiculous things in your/their handbag?
Runners – what’s your latest running news?