History Main / TrainProblem

25th May '16 9:26:45 AM MegaMarioMan
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* We get to see it in ComicStrip/{{Frazz}} [[https://quavid.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/frazz-by-jef-mallett-20140928-go-comics.jpg?w=500&h=243 here.]]

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* We get to see it in ComicStrip/{{Frazz}} [[https://quavid.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/frazz-by-jef-mallett-20140928-go-comics.jpg?w=500&h=243 here.]]here]], but then it turns into a country song.
16th May '16 3:35:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* When Oscar Proud decided to help his daughter with her math homework in ''TheProudFamily'', this question comes up. He concludes that both trains will meet at the crash site.

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* When Oscar Proud decided to help his daughter with her math homework in ''TheProudFamily'', ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', this question comes up. He concludes that both trains will meet at the crash site.
28th Mar '16 11:14:13 AM StFan
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->'''Frazz:''' I'm sorry. What was the question again?
->'''Student:''' Now it's: Why are 40% of story problems and country songs about trains?

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->'''Frazz:''' I'm sorry. What was the question again?
->'''Student:'''
again?\\
'''Student:'''
Now it's: Why are 40% of story problems and country songs about trains?






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--> '''Narrator:''' Pop quiz: If Train A is going 600 miles per hour and Train Bo is going 1,100 kilometers per hour, how long before my head explodes?

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--> '''Narrator:''' -->'''Narrator:''' Pop quiz: If Train A is going 600 miles per hour and Train Bo is going 1,100 kilometers per hour, how long before my head explodes?

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explodes?
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* In one ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' strip, titled "'Math Phobic's Nightmare'", has a man at the gates of the FluffyCloudHeaven, with an angel asking him this question.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin's method for answering a question of this sort at school is to turn it into a FilmNoir detective mystery in his head. It doesn't quite work, as the answer he comes up with is "a billion". In his defense, Calvin is six, and shouldn't have to tackle that kind of problem anyway.
** He gets another variant of the problem later, this time with two cars driving down the highway at 5PM. After thinking about the problem for a few seconds, he simply says, "Given the traffic at that hour, who knows?" To be fair, he's not exactly wrong.
* We get to see it in ComicStrip/{{Frazz}} [[https://quavid.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/frazz-by-jef-mallett-20140928-go-comics.jpg?w=500&h=243 here.]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' did one where Jason listed all the "assumptions" he had to make to give them the answer they wanted (such as the train remaining on the track, not going "as the mole digs", all clocks being accurate, ignoring relativistic effects, etc.)
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* ''MockTheWeek'': "A Virgin train is traveling at 120 miles per hour between London and Manchester, at what time will it be canceled?"

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* ''MockTheWeek'': ''Series/MockTheWeek'': "A Virgin train is traveling at 120 miles per hour between London and Manchester, at what time will it be canceled?"




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* In one ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' strip, titled "'Math Phobic's Nightmare'", has a man at the gates of the FluffyCloudHeaven, with an angel asking him this question.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin's method for answering a question of this sort at school is to turn it into a FilmNoir detective mystery in his head. It doesn't quite work, as the answer he comes up with is "a billion". In his defense, Calvin is six, and shouldn't have to tackle that kind of problem anyway.
** He gets another variant of the problem later, this time with two cars driving down the highway at 5PM. After thinking about the problem for a few seconds, he simply says, "Given the traffic at that hour, who knows?" To be fair, he's not exactly wrong.
* We get to see it in ComicStrip/{{Frazz}} [[https://quavid.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/frazz-by-jef-mallett-20140928-go-comics.jpg?w=500&h=243 here.]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' did one where Jason listed all the "assumptions" he had to make to give them the answer they wanted (such as the train remaining on the track, not going "as the mole digs", all clocks being accurate, ignoring relativistic effects, etc.)

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\n[[AC:NewspaperComics]]\n* In one ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]]'' strip, titled "'Math Phobic's Nightmare'", has a man at the gates of the FluffyCloudHeaven, with an angel asking him this question.\n* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':\n** Calvin's method for answering a question of this sort at school is to turn it into a FilmNoir detective mystery in his head. It doesn't quite work, as the answer he comes up with is "a billion". In his defense, Calvin is six, and shouldn't have to tackle that kind of problem anyway.\n** He gets another variant of the problem later, this time with two cars driving down the highway at 5PM. After thinking about the problem for a few seconds, he simply says, "Given the traffic at that hour, who knows?" To be fair, he's not exactly wrong.\n* We get to see it in ComicStrip/{{Frazz}} [[https://quavid.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/frazz-by-jef-mallett-20140928-go-comics.jpg?w=500&h=243 here.]]\n* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' did one where Jason listed all the "assumptions" he had to make to give them the answer they wanted (such as the train remaining on the track, not going "as the mole digs", all clocks being accurate, ignoring relativistic effects, etc.)\n\n[[AC:{{Radio}}]][[/folder]]

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* Larry Butz of ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' mentions that he's terrible at these problems when he's trying to change the subject to avoid a question.

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* Larry Butz of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' mentions that he's terrible at these problems when he's trying to change the subject to avoid a question.
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* ''IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/1611.html 1611]]

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* Done in one episode of ''DogCity'' with two protagonists tied up on the bridge that both trains would soon cross.

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* Done in one episode of ''DogCity'' ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'' with two protagonists tied up on the bridge that both trains would soon cross.



* In an episode of ''CloneHigh'' dealing with mandatory testing, a Magical Truckdriver gives Gandhi a Train Problem - actually a Trucker and Randy Housewife Problem, asking him to calculate where the two could meet for a "guaranteed" encounter.

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* In an episode of ''CloneHigh'' ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' dealing with mandatory testing, a Magical Truckdriver gives Gandhi a Train Problem - actually a Trucker and Randy Housewife Problem, asking him to calculate where the two could meet for a "guaranteed" encounter.



--> '''Gang Member 1''': It's three o'clock. Where the hell is Louie?\\
'''Gang Member 2''': Well, you tell me. Louie left his house at 2:15 and had to travel a distance of 6.2 miles at a rate of 5 miles per hour. what time will Louie arrive?\\
'''Gang Member 1''': Depends if he stops to see his ho.\\
'''Gang Member 2''': That's what we call a variable!

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--> '''Gang Member 1''': 1:''' It's three o'clock. Where the hell is Louie?\\
'''Gang Member 2''': 2:''' Well, you tell me. Louie left his house at 2:15 and had to travel a distance of 6.2 miles at a rate of 5 miles per hour. what time will Louie arrive?\\
'''Gang Member 1''': 1:''' Depends if he stops to see his ho.\\
'''Gang Member 2''': 2:''' That's what we call a variable!
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27th Mar '16 11:54:49 AM GrammarNavi
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* This was the question that caused ''{{Doug}}'' to fail a math test.

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* This was the question that caused ''{{Doug}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' to fail a math test.
19th Mar '16 1:18:04 AM Hossmeister
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6th Mar '16 4:42:24 PM Prfnoff
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin's method for answering a question of this sort at school is to turn it into a FilmNoir detective mystery in his head. It doesn't quite work, as the answer he comes up with is "a billion". In his defense, Calvin is six, and shouldn't have to tackle that kind of problem anyway.

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
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Calvin's method for answering a question of this sort at school is to turn it into a FilmNoir detective mystery in his head. It doesn't quite work, as the answer he comes up with is "a billion". In his defense, Calvin is six, and shouldn't have to tackle that kind of problem anyway.
30th Jan '16 1:41:00 PM MoPete
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* A question like this came up in a cutaway in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Episode, "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington":
--> '''Gang Member 1''': It's three o'clock. Where the hell is Louie?\\
'''Gang Member 2''': Well, you tell me. Louie left his house at 2:15 and had to travel a distance of 6.2 miles at a rate of 5 miles per hour. what time will Louie arrive?\\
'''Gang Member 1''': Depends if he stops to see his ho.\\
'''Gang Member 2''': That's what we call a variable!
29th Jan '16 5:53:47 AM bwburke94
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One variant that pops up occasionally is two trains leave from City A and City B at different times at different speeds. Which train is closer to City A when they meet? If the trains have met, they're in the same place, so neither is "closer" to City A. [[note]]Unless, of course, the train tracks are oriented in such a way that one train is "closer" by a few feet... ah, forget it.[[/note]]

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One variant that pops up occasionally is two trains leave from City A and City B at different times at different speeds. Which "which train is closer to City A when they meet? meet?" If the trains have met, they're in the same place, so neither is "closer" to City A. [[note]]Unless, of course, the train tracks are oriented in such a way that one train is "closer" by a few feet... ah, forget it.[[/note]]
16th Jan '16 11:42:33 PM nombretomado
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* In one [[TheFarSide Far Side]] strip, titled "'Math Phobic's Nightmare'", has a man at the gates of the FluffyCloudHeaven, with an angel asking him this question.

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* In one [[TheFarSide ''[[ComicStrip/TheFarSide Far Side]] Side]]'' strip, titled "'Math Phobic's Nightmare'", has a man at the gates of the FluffyCloudHeaven, with an angel asking him this question.
3rd Jan '16 12:18:36 PM billybobfred
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Mettaton throws one of these at you during his quiz show. Since you have only 30 seconds to read the whole thing and come up with an answer, it's somewhat absurd to expect the player to actually solve it -- which might be your cue to notice that [[spoilers:Alphys has been sneakily showing you the correct answers with her fingers]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', Mettaton throws one of these at you during his quiz show. Since you have only 30 seconds to read the whole thing and come up with an answer, it's somewhat absurd to expect the player to actually solve it -- which might be your cue to notice that [[spoilers:Alphys [[spoiler:Alphys has been sneakily showing you the correct answers with her fingers]].
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