The New Math – Hilarious

I am a baby boomer and when I took math it was in the ’60s. Let’s take a look at how math has changed over the past 60 years. You might say it is Super Progressive Advanced Math (SPAM) at its best. Let’s take the same math problem to demonstrate how it has evolved.

1. Math In 1960s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

2. Math In 1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Math In 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?  Yes or No

 (Notice how multiple choice is creeping into the equation? … 50-50 chance of getting it right)

4. Math In 1990s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Math In 2000s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok).

6. Math In 2010

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

ANSWER: His profit was $1,375,000 because his logging business is just a front for his pot farm.

I can’t take credit for this but it has been around the email circuit for several years and who ever thought this up is a math genius.

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