Fred Basset by Alex Graham

Fred Basset

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  1. love of above

    love of above said, about 4 years ago

    it’s not “exponential,” but over that amount of time, the interest compounds

  2. BigChiefDesoto

    BigChiefDesoto said, about 4 years ago

    I’ll just bet that when England went to decimal coinage instead of pounds, shillings and pence, that 99 percent of the kids in England after that lost the ability to do that!

    It takes LOTS of practice and there is nothing that promotes practice as much as making sure you get the right change when you buy something!

    It’s for the same reason that I oppose the whole metric system! If you can’t deal with there are 12 inches in a foot, you need a course in bonehead arithmetic instead of a new measuring system!!

    Sorry, Fred, if I could see it written out like in this strip, I could do that, but I’m NOT good at holding numbers in my head while I try to figure out the answer all in my memory!

  3. Gator007

    Gator007 said, about 4 years ago

    I got 168

  4. iangoodson

    iangoodson said, about 4 years ago


    You are so right. I remember covering a maths class (special needs admittedly) back in the 80s. A child asked me for a calculator. I asked what the sum was. It was something like 6×3 and a few similar ones. She, and the class, got a lecture on being able to do it themselves, followed by how would shoud she know if the calculator was faulty etc. When I finished, I asked her why she thought she needed a calculator. She replied, and I promise you this is true, " Well, sir, it says calculate".

  5. MochaJane

    MochaJane GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Might want to rethink that. The answer is 252.

  6. Chris Kenworthy

    Chris Kenworthy said, about 4 years ago

    I guess I read too quickly – I didn’t even stop to try it before reading the Missus’ answer.

  7. Jimmy Hopkins

    Jimmy Hopkins GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Took me about 35 or 40 seconds. I was never very good at doing math in my head.

  8. Jerry Carlson

    Jerry Carlson said, about 4 years ago

    One of my favorite games while commuting is to break license plate numbers down into their prime factors.

  9. andhony

    andhony said, about 4 years ago

    I don’t even understand the question.

  10. Gabi S

    Gabi S said, about 4 years ago

    I can’t make the calculations and count how long it takes at the same time, and I don’t have a chronometer. I did the part within the parentheses first (6), then divide by 2 (3), multiply by 12 (36) and then by 7 (252), but I don’t know how long it took me.

  11. Bill

    Bill said, about 4 years ago

    Hey, I did it in only 10 seconds (the calculator helped)!

  12. retread2

    retread2 said, about 4 years ago

    My Dear Aunt Sally: Multiply – Divide – Add – Subtract

  13. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


  14. Jkiss

    Jkiss GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Now kids… nice already will ya.
    Jerry be proud of the math geek that you are. Wish I could be one too but alas, I had to write it out. Too many numbers to keep straight with all the other junk rattling around up there. Didn’t take too long, but I know it wasn’t close to 22 seconds. I did get the correct answer so YAY me.

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