Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for April 16, 1987

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    TheSoCalledExpert  over 13 years ago

    This has always been a simple formula: distance = rate x time / quantum traffic factor.

    In a Euclidean universe, we often approximate the quantum traffic factor = …. well my keyboard can’t type the symbols into this comment box.

    Now I know how Fermat felt.

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    Carbonic  over 13 years ago

    Why are they giving that question to 1st graders? Not even many 8th graders know that!

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    DragonWizzard  about 13 years ago

    Calvin is smarter than most 8th graders.

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    pieisabeast  about 13 years ago

    5:38 8.571428 repeating seconds. i’m 11

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    manasir  about 13 years ago

    true…this question is totally not for 1st graders….no, not even in India !!

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    thaumkid  over 12 years ago

    It’s 5:40.

    What’s so hard about the relative speed Mr. Jones is traveling towards you being (35 + 40) = 75 MPH, and 50 is 2/3 of 75, so 2/3 of an hour goes by before you pass each other?

    Although, Calvin’s answer is probably more accurate.

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    bmonk  almost 12 years ago

    And how far will the fly travel before being squashed between the cars?

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    yow4zip Premium Member almost 12 years ago

    Calvin answered that one on the fly.

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    jassonlsm76  about 8 years ago

    I’d add “Why should I care? Who the heck is Mr Jones?!”

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    Omniman  over 4 years ago

    40 min. thaumkid’s solution is correct.

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    Caerin Premium Member over 3 years ago

    I still don’t understand. None of these explanations is clear. They assume one knows something one does not know.

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    Nate Arbuckle, Quincy and Hobbes.  almost 3 years ago

    i thought mr jones exploded while flying off of the edge of the grand canyon.

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    alexzinuro  over 2 years ago

    5:40 PM, as long as there are no delays.

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    cami <3  about 2 years ago

    bro he’s six- why’re they asking him this stuff I barely know how to solve myself

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    FluffyTHM  almost 2 years ago

    The nice thing about math problems like this was that even if you weren’t taught how to solve them you could still figure it out with a little time and logic. It’s how i passed a lot of tests despite missing classes regularly…

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