Frazz by Jef Mallett for February 27, 2018

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    debra4life  over 3 years ago

    I thought these kids were like 10 years old. I was way beyond 5×2 by grade 5. And I never saw that question on ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’

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    fuzzbucket  over 3 years ago

    Debra’s right. Kids that age require more challenging problems. Geezers like myself appreciate them, too.

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    StanCox  over 3 years ago

    I hate having to explain jokes. There is a sale on hence the reference to the flyer. So two pairs are not twice as expensive & probably cost the same as one.

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    Jeff0811  over 3 years ago

    Ok, so if one sock costs $.50 per toe, how much would 2 pairs of socks cost?


    Nailed it. (Had to really consider whether to hit the comment button on that one.)

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    meowlin  over 3 years ago


    And four pairs go for $16.

    They’re less expensive per pair if you buy larger quantities.

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    EdMeiller Premium Member over 3 years ago

    If only that was all kids had to worry about.

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    Ignatz Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Why “of all people”? Why would Mrs. Olsen “of all people” be more likely to know that socks are cheaper in quantity?

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    Buck B  over 3 years ago

    Here we go again.

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    daveoverpar  over 3 years ago

    I get the feeling that Mallett doesn’t know the answer.

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    Kroykali  over 3 years ago

    Look how bored Caulfield is. Especially after repeating her class umpteen years.

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    DutchUncle  over 3 years ago

    The point isn’t about the MATH; it’s about how the story problems are outdated, and the teachers’ expectations of what is “normal” are also outdated from the kids’ perspective. Yesterday’s comic – cheap socks always come in 3-packs – and today’s – two pair of socks is probably some kind of discount deal – are about the pervasiveness of advertising and discount-or-surge-pricing and “Bonus FREE!” (rather than "Package Includes … "), and how it affects people’s assumptions about whether you can plan or calculate anything. Mallett is discussing a profound societal trend, just like Stephen Colbert “demanding” cheap tube socks (as an opening to mention they’re made with child slave labor).

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    sandpiper  over 3 years ago

    Caulfield is that kid in any class, who gets behind because he is always looking ahead for more challenging problems.

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    scherzo  over 3 years ago

    I wonder how the kids know about Mrs. Olson’s shopping habits. Does she talk about all the deals she gets in her lessons? Do they eavesdrop on her teachers’ lounge conversations? Do they follow her on her shopping expeditions?

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    Night-Gaunt49  over 3 years ago

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    Practitioners of endurance sports know, and will assuredly tell you if you get too cocky, the standard mantra that “anybody can do the first half of a workout.” (That is one of those concepts that is more true than accurate; I have watched many an endurance athlete whose first half-workout, whose, hell, warm-up I could not complete. But you get the idea.)

    I get the impression shopping sales might be the same way. (Let’s issue the disclaimer here that I make it a policy to avoid sales because I have a toxic mix of sufficient and insufficient discipline. I know that the whole purpose of a sale is to convince me to buy something I otherwise might not buy, or even have otherwise thought of buying, which does exactly the opposite of saving me money. So I use what discipline I have to avoid sales, because [and this has been proven] I do not have the discipline to anticipate something I’ll really need and then wait for a sale and buy only that thing. Sorry. We now return to our original topic, which wasn’t any more useful or linear, so I’m not sure what I’m apologizing for.)

    Anybody can buy the first item on sale. It’s that second one. If the second one is free, then what’s the difference between 2-for-1 and buy-one-get-one? Are they the same? Does it vary from store to store? How identical do the “ones” have to be? Does it vary from store to store? Is it really just another word for nothing left to lose? And what about buy one get one half off? Half off which item’s price? How about Get $10 back when you spend $50? What if you spend $51 and get your $10 back? Now you’ve only spent $41. Do you have to give the $10 back and start over until you buy $60 worth of stuff? This is getting dangerously close to algebra with two variables, which is where I fell off the back never to see the nerd-o-ton* again.

    Okay. Maybe why I avoid sales has less to do with discipline than I initially tried to argue._________________________*You know, I’d just let that one go.

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    scherzo  over 3 years ago

    Buying furniture is the best example I can think of for a good reason to simply wait for the sale. How often do people need a a new living room set TODAY? Especially when a place like Bloomingdales has it marked down 40 percent multiple times a year. Wait for the sale!

    Socks? As good an example. I love a good pair of socks (Thorlo!) and will pay a fair (and fairly high) price for them. But will I pay $17 for one pair? Never! I wait for the sale and stock up on the colors I want, BOGO.

    Apparently, Mallett, as bright as he is, can’t figure this one out. If he didn’t spend so much of his brain power on over-thinking the simplest things, perhaps he could.

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    childe_of_pan  over 3 years ago

    “over-thinking the simplest things”? Really? Sure sound to me like at least two (not one) of the regulars here.)

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