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* A common internet meme is to take some large amount of money being spent on something (say, \$600 million), divide it by the number of people in the United States (at time of writing, a bit over 320 million), and claim it would be more practical to give everyone in the US a life-changing million dollars. But the people making these memes are either bad at math or [[{{Troll}} hoping to mess with such people]], as millions cancel when dividing. Dividing the original amount by the American population would actually give a not-so-life-changing ''couple of bucks'' per person, not a million.

** No need to worry about handbreadths here. The numbers 10 and 30 each have but one significant figure, so any computation done with them is accurate to only one significant figure.
** The real problem is that the writer apparently felt the need to provide both the diameter and the circumference, as if unaware that either could be derived from the other.

->''Up in the sky, the alien mother ship sent down twenty hundred troops, three in each space jet.\\
And if you want to know how many jets there were,'' you ''can do the math yourself. I'm a very busy writer trying to make a movie here.''

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->''Up ->''"Up in the sky, the alien mother ship sent down twenty hundred troops, three in each space jet.\\
And if you want to know how many jets there were,'' you ''can do the math yourself. I'm a very busy writer trying to make a movie here.''"''

Oh, for the examples below that reference the number Pi, it is an irrational number with no limit -- an endless number -- of digits, but the first 16 are 3.141592653589793.

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Oh, for the examples below that reference the number Pi, pi, it is an irrational number with no limit -- an endless number -- of digits, but the first 16 are 3.141592653589793.

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* Website/YouTube animator Ice Cream Sandwich, in his video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKLbOxLJfRg "hurt,"]] says that if 6.8 million Americans break a bone each year, and the total population is about 300 million, then about 2/10 Americans break a bone annually. If that sounds high, that's because he's off by an order of magnitude--with those numbers the injury rate would be 0.0226666..., or about 2/100, i.e. 2%. Not 20%.

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* Website/YouTube animator Ice Cream Sandwich, in his video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKLbOxLJfRg "hurt,"]] "hurt"]], says that if 6.8 million Americans break a bone each year, and the total population is about 300 million, then about 2/10 Americans break a bone annually. If that sounds high, that's because he's off by an order of magnitude--with magnitude — with those numbers the injury rate would be 0.0226666..., or about 2/100, i.e. 2%. Not 20%.

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** The real problem is that the writer apparently felt the need to provide both the diameter and the circumference, as if unaware that either could be derived from the other.

[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors. [[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the potential rounding errors. [[/note]]]]

[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors. What rounding errors? [[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors. What rounding errors? [[/note]]]]

[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors. %% What rounding errors? [[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors. %% What rounding errors? [[/note]]]]

[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:In [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Super-math]] it may be [[MisplacedADecimalPoint 32,000]]. But in regular math, it's 3,200.[[note]]And that's ignoring the rounding errors. %% What rounding errors? [[/note]]]]

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** No need to worry about handbreadths here. The numbers 10 and 30 each have but one significant figure, so any computation done with them is accurate to only one significant figure.

And if you want to know how many jets there were,'' you ''can do the math yourself. [[LampshadeHanging I'm a very busy writer trying to make a movie here.]]''

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And if you want to know how many jets there were,'' you ''can do the math yourself. [[LampshadeHanging I'm a very busy writer trying to make a movie here.]]''''

And if you want to know how many jets there were, you can do the math yourself. I'm a very busy writer trying to make a movie here.''

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And if you want to know how many jets there were, were,'' you can ''can do the math yourself. [[LampshadeHanging I'm a very busy writer trying to make a movie here.'']]''

* Wrestling/ScottSteiner's infamous promo for a match against Wrestling/SamoaJoe and Wrestling/KurtAngle in [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]][[note]]Samoa Joe won.[[/note]]:

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* Wrestling/ScottSteiner's infamous promo for a match against Wrestling/SamoaJoe and Wrestling/KurtAngle in [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]][[note]]Samoa Joe won.[[/note]]:TNA]]:

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Astonishingly, perhaps, ''arithmetically'' Steiner's numbers actually all add up. It's just that chance doesn't work like that. [[note]]And, naturally, Samoa Joe won.[[/note]]

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