Gas gauged

Even our Best and Brightest occasionally head down the wrong road:


Shaquille O’Neal has a doctorate in education, but everyone has a brain fart occasionally. His came on the TV show Inside the NBA, which can be classified as either a sports talk show or a comedy. The subject is how to save money on gas, which devolves into a comedy of errors as each participant focuses on a different aspect of the problem.

It’s about two minutes in before Shaq figures out his math error, but the logic problem remains. The price of running this particular car is going to be the same no matter how often you stop for gas or how much you put in. And the entire cast is ignoring the fact that the size of the tank really has no bearing on its mileage. What really matters is how how many miles you can drive on a gallon of gas.

“The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles.” If that isn’t a Shaq doctoral capstone, I don’t know what is. (Yes, it was; he completed his degree work in 2012.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 April 2018 · 12:55 pm

    Now I don’t feel quite so bad about confusing “regular house current” (110 V) with 220 V back when I was worrying about whether I had the right outlet for something.

    But still: If you don’t feel like spending $80 in one pop on gas, Shaq’s solution, while it may not save any money long-term, still, means there’s less pain in the moment.

  2. McGehee »

    29 April 2018 · 3:05 pm

    In high school I had a friend whose mother drove an S.S. Oldsmobile, the kind that got 9 miles to the gallon. My friend thought that was just fine because it had a huge gas tank.

    I tried to explain to him why that didn’t fix it. It didn’t take.

  3. fillyjonk »

    29 April 2018 · 3:46 pm

    Or, a common joke among knitters: “Am running out of yarn for this project. Need to knit faster.”

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