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I'm too pretty to do math

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By John Pawlak

 I stocked up on supplies from Smith’s today and took advantage of Smith’s Savings Card sales.
 The total at the cash register was $101.04, but with my savings card I saved $103.54.
So as I figure it, I actually made $2.50 ­— now that’s a real deal!
Sadly, this type of arithmetical absurdity would be just one example of how our nation is rapidly sinking into a black hole of math.  
Computers and calculators have replaced neural connections and many people are now chained to them in a prison of innumeracy.  
Cash registers in fast food restaurants have pictures to help the workers figure manage (click here for burger, click here for cheese, click here for lobotomy.)
A person I know was in a store and when given her change, she wanted some one dollar bills and asked, “Do you have some smaller bills?”  
The clerk shook his head and said, “No, I’m sorry.  They’re all the same size.”
Well, I’m not really sure if this was a problem with basic math.  
Perhaps the ‘70s were just really good to this guy.
But difficulty with everyday calculations isn’t a new phenomenon.  
A total lack of appreciation for what a number means has infected this country since I was very young.  


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