This is why I took English in university.

4 Jun

1 + 1 = 2, right?

Rudimentary math.

What happens when 1 + 1 = apple?  What do you do when 1 + 1 = apple?

(No, your calculator is not broken.)

Check the math.  Walk through the equation again.  What if all of the work is right, but the answer just, well, isn’t?

Everything looks perfect on paper.  All of the progress is correct, the work is there.  Why is the answer wrong?  It does happen.  Sometimes all of the proper work is there, all of the effort, but the answer just doesn’t check out.  Of course, usually there’s some erasing still showing – despite best efforts – underneath that pristine work.  A phantom.  Something that alludes to the answer of apple, rather than 2.

But.  It could be that the answer isn’t wrong.  It could be that, this time, 1 + 1 really does = apple.  Stranger things, I’ve heard, have happened.  Maybe all of the work, y’know, works.


Gordie Sampson – All I Know


8 Responses to “This is why I took English in university.”

  1. raekin June 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    That's really all I can say!

  2. lahirondelle June 5, 2009 at 7:26 am #

    Once you realise the answer is apple… you have a choice:

    You go around pretending you think it is 2 – in order to fit in.

    Or you stand up and shout at the top of your lungs, “APPLE” and face possible extradition from the society you were so sure you once belonged to.

    • vyxen June 5, 2009 at 7:49 am #

      My eternal conundrum, amirite? 😉

  3. lahirondelle June 5, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    yeah, lol – it took me years to choose too

  4. songmistress June 10, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    Math is evil. Evil.

    And, I agree with Tracy. She is wise.

  5. missyjo July 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    I think it’s cheese. Maybe the apple is all wrong, and that’s why it makes no sense to the rest of us.

    Or we can just all agree math is evil and needs to be eradicated from society completely. *nod*

  6. vyxen July 30, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    Maybe the apple can become a 2. OR. Maybe one of the 1s actually is an orange.

    The equation is constantly changing.

  7. vyxen July 30, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    Oh. And yes. Math is scary. I keep looking at degrees/diplomas/certificates that I could go back for and all of them include math (they are all in the school of business). It makes me less interested, not uninterested, but less interested. 😉

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