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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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i knew that
* 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]].
3rd Jan '16 12:18:17 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]].
6th Dec '15 6:05:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' "Shuttlepod One" Trip starts rattling off a Train Problem while trying to determine what's wrong with the pod, only to exclaim that he never could work those kind of questions out. Our Chief Engineer, ladies and gentlemen. SciFiDebris was greatly annoyed at this event. The chief engineer of Earth's most advanced starship can't do one-dimensional algebra.
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' "Shuttlepod One" Trip starts rattling off a Train Problem while trying to determine what's wrong with the pod, only to exclaim that he never could work those kind of questions out. Our Chief Engineer, ladies and gentlemen. SciFiDebris WebSite/SFDebris was greatly annoyed at this event. The chief engineer of Earth's most advanced starship can't do one-dimensional algebra.
15th Nov '15 4:06:20 PM StFan
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* Very common in ''ZipiYZape'', where they get those as assignments half the time and one entire long story is set around solving one. [[VagueAge They do this when they aren't asked simple multiplication]]. [[BookDumb Which they have trouble with anyway]].
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* Very common in ''ZipiYZape'', ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape'', where they get those as assignments half the time and one entire long story is set around solving one. [[VagueAge They do this when they aren't asked simple multiplication]]. [[BookDumb Which they have trouble with anyway]].
5th Nov '15 2:43:30 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* This type of question is in the SAT in ''Film/ThePerfectScore''. It's actually plot relevant as reading this question makes Erika become obsessed with who the girl on the train is and where she is going which causes her to not finish the exam.
20th Oct '15 4:16:50 AM CrypticMirror
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' "Shuttlepod One" Trip starts rattling off a Train Problem while trying to determine what's wrong with the pod, only to exclaim that he never could work those kind of questions out. Our Chief Engineer, ladies and gentlemen. ** SciFiDebris was greatly annoyed at this event. The chief engineer of Earth's most advanced starship can't do one-dimensional algebra. *** Could be justified as being a framing issue. Some math problems are easier to solve if it is in a context that fits with the person, whereas a context that doesn't sit well with the person can block it.
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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' "Shuttlepod One" Trip starts rattling off a Train Problem while trying to determine what's wrong with the pod, only to exclaim that he never could work those kind of questions out. Our Chief Engineer, ladies and gentlemen. ** gentlemen. SciFiDebris was greatly annoyed at this event. The chief engineer of Earth's most advanced starship can't do one-dimensional algebra. *** Could be justified as being a framing issue. Some math problems are easier to solve if it is in a context that fits with the person, whereas a context that doesn't sit well with the person can block it.algebra.
6th Sep '15 11:21:52 AM nombretomado
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* In the episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' where Abigail Breslin guest stars, a hostage is being held somewhere near railroad tracks and the team's hacked web cam tells them when a train passed her. When they start doing the math to figure out where the train was at that time, Tony admits he'll have to apologize to his high school math teacher, whom he told he would never have to use this problem in RealLife.
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* In the episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' where Abigail Breslin guest stars, a hostage is being held somewhere near railroad tracks and the team's hacked web cam tells them when a train passed her. When they start doing the math to figure out where the train was at that time, Tony admits he'll have to apologize to his high school math teacher, whom he told he would never have to use this problem in RealLife.

* In an episode of ''AllInTheFamily'', after [[CousinOliver a little girl]] was added to the cast, she is attempting to do a math problem in which a person called A is running at a certain speed, and B is running after them trying to catch up. She asks Archie to help her, only for him to announce that B will never catch A, because "B was chasing A when I was a kid, and if she hasn't caught him by now, she never will."
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* In an episode of ''AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', after [[CousinOliver a little girl]] was added to the cast, she is attempting to do a math problem in which a person called A is running at a certain speed, and B is running after them trying to catch up. She asks Archie to help her, only for him to announce that B will never catch A, because "B was chasing A when I was a kid, and if she hasn't caught him by now, she never will."
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