It isn’t even algebra

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Common Core curriculum, including fear that the students will never actually learn how to do math before leaving school. Then again, you could make a case that it’s already too late:

I get about 14 miles to the gallon on the highway 318 engine. How much money will it cost me to Travel 1,495 miles Average gas is $3,50 a gallon

This is, or used to be, fourth-grade stuff. (Answer: $373.75.) And what the hell is he driving? An old Dodge pickup?


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 November 2013 · 1:34 pm

    I’d say he was the Old Rancher in the Old Pickup who always seems to enter from the Platter exit and get ahead of me, going 45 mph on the interstate. But Old Ranchers are a lot better at math than this guy and could certainly figure it out.

  2. Nicole »

    4 November 2013 · 6:39 pm

    If there were any justice in the world, he’d be horribly ashamed of having to ask that question online rather than being able to figure it out himself. But along with math, shame is a thing of the past.

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 November 2013 · 7:46 am

    I’ve met people who are PROUD that they are bad at math.

    I wonder, is anyone proud that they are unable to read? (Don’t answer that. In this day and age, there probably is)

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    5 November 2013 · 11:43 am

    Uh, yeah, that’s my truck, 14 mpg, 14 years old, and yes, it’s a Dodge. Not my question though. I know how much gas it uses. $20 every time I get in and start it up.

  5. CGHill »

    5 November 2013 · 5:24 pm

    Younger sister once owned one of those 1970s Dodge Li’l Red Express trucks, with next to no hauling capacity unless all you planned to haul was ass; I don’t think it ever made it to double-digit MPG.

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