Reasons to despair of the human race part 57

Woman buys scratchcard. Woman can’t understand maths. Woman complains. Camelot remove scratchcard due to person being incredibly stupid.  Please tell me this person isn’t ever allowed to have children.

Doc Vee: it makes me want to run along the ceiling in sheer frustration at the human race.

And Chris Applegate’s despair is even better:

“The sheer bloody-mindedness that illustrates a mentality along the lines of “well, if the laws of arithmetic don’t agree with my own intuition, then I’m going to bloody well complain until they fix it”. It’s not ignorance or stupidity that’s the real problem here, but the stubborn self-conviction that goes with it – the inability or unwillingness for people to ever now say “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know”.”

Even this useless-at-Maths blogger knows enough about the subject to know there’s a limit to which you can argue the other person is wrong. The only possible defence is she was thinking along the lines of some kind of Platonic Maths and, in the world of perfect minus numbers, -8 IS actually higher than minus seven.  I’m not holding my breath. She probably thinks Plato is Rio Ferdinand’s younger brother.

In other news, today I discovered there exists a geography student who thinks Qatar is a multinational company.

I give up.

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1 Response to “Reasons to despair of the human race part 57”


  1. 1 Christopher White November 11, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Brilliant. Every time I take money out of my bank account I must get richer, because -2000 is higher than -1700.

    My round then.


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