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13th Oct '16 11:28:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* The problem is poked fun at with a non-train variant in ''Film/SkyHigh'' as something of a FunnyBackgroundEvent. Will is having a quiet, introspective moment while his friends are in the background doing homework.

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* The problem is poked fun at with a non-train variant in ''Film/SkyHigh'' ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' as something of a FunnyBackgroundEvent. Will is having a quiet, introspective moment while his friends are in the background doing homework.
29th Sep '16 1:08:00 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* One "Bradley the Big Ol' Baby" sketch from ''Series/AllThat'' provides the most exaggerated use of this trope;
-->'''Miss Fingerly:''' If a train leaves Japan at 9:22 [[ItsPronouncedTroPAY AMM]], heading northeast at 300 MMMPH, and a submarine leaves Nebraska at 8:30 PMM, flying eastwest at 3,000 MMMPH, what time will the two vehicles crash and burn?
19th Sep '16 11:08:09 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Parodied in one ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness]] strip:
-->"I've been doing some thinking. If you're eight months pregnant... and we only met six months ago... [[{{Metaphorgotten and I'm on a train travelling at 50 miles an hour... and you sold me three apples... ''then where the hell are my apples?'']]

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* Parodied in one ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip:
-->"I've been doing some thinking. If you're eight months pregnant... and we only met six months ago... [[{{Metaphorgotten [[{{Metaphorgotten}} and I'm on a train travelling at 50 miles an hour... and you sold me three apples... ''then where the hell are my apples?'']]
19th Sep '16 11:02:23 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Used for a quick pun gag in ''Theatre/ChildrenOfEden'' when the snake first asks two weighty questions of Eve, "If God made all this, who made God?" and "What's beyond the garden?" and then follows it with "If two cranes leave Eden at the same time, and one of them travels at seven times the speed of the other, how long..." before being cut off by Eve.
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19th Jul '16 4:24:33 PM F1Krazy
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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' also used it, with the added twist that she had to then prevent them from colliding....''with her house.'' (She fails)

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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' also used it, with the added twist that she had to then prevent them from colliding....colliding... ''with her house.'' (She fails)



** "If a train is travelling at 60 miles an hour, how surprised would you be?"



* One of the strips in the ''Jackie's Fridge'' universe has Miss Masters teaching at 'Coleman Elementary', and she starts to use this problem on her kindergartners, stops, and rephrases it to "If J.Lo and Ben Afleck leave their respective movie shoots, and head toward each other, going x MPH..." etc. The class can solve that one.

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* One of the strips in the ''Jackie's Fridge'' universe has Miss Masters teaching at 'Coleman Elementary', and she starts to use this problem on her kindergartners, stops, and rephrases it to "If J.Lo and Ben Afleck Affleck leave their respective movie shoots, and head toward each other, going x MPH..." etc. The class can solve that one.


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* Parodied in one ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness]] strip:
-->"I've been doing some thinking. If you're eight months pregnant... and we only met six months ago... [[{{Metaphorgotten and I'm on a train travelling at 50 miles an hour... and you sold me three apples... ''then where the hell are my apples?'']]
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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* 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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* 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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