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(The Takeout)   What's bigger, 1/4, 1/3, or 3/9? Tag is for consumers, apparently   (thetakeout.com) divider line
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2021-10-25 10:50:17 AM  
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2021-10-25 11:04:24 AM  
My failed vaudeville-themed burger franchise featured the "YOU pounder YOU brought her!"
 
2021-10-25 11:12:07 AM  
When people think 1/4 is bigger than 1/3... SMDH

The people in this country can't even get fat correctly
 
2021-10-25 11:19:08 AM  
Weirdly 3/9 "sounds" smaller than the other two to me. Even though I know it isn't.
 
2021-10-25 11:35:58 AM  
"Our math skills are keeping us from bigger, juicier burgers"

Are bigger burgers really what this country needs?
 
2021-10-25 11:49:50 AM  
Just wait'll McD's releases their mammoth 25/100-pounder burger.  Better bring some friends to help out!
 
2021-10-25 11:53:48 AM  

OldRod: The people in this country can't even get fat correctly


Sure they can.  They'll buy two to make sure.
 
2021-10-25 12:06:52 PM  
They should go metric
 
2021-10-25 12:11:35 PM  

Sunidesus: Weirdly 3/9 "sounds" smaller than the other two to me. Even though I know it isn't.


Sorry, according to Fark, you are a complete and utter idiot.

In reality, it's something that happens to everyone at one time or another, you just brain fart. We all do it, the difference is between those of us who recognize it as what it is, a momentary hiccup, and those who just stop at the brain fart and don't proceed. But around here, there's no longer any such thing as "I had that happen once", without labeling you as the bad guy in the story for life.
 
2021-10-25 12:12:09 PM  
I think most should know which is bigger, since those sizes are very common in grocery store burgers.
 
2021-10-25 12:15:23 PM  
Isn't the real story that the burger just didn't sell well because it was A&W competing against McDonalds?  The "stupid customer" excuse was just pished by the marketing company to CTA and push away blame?

I could be mistaken but I remember reading they had some shaky research that let themselves off the hook
 
2021-10-25 12:23:25 PM  
When you order the 3/9 pounder, Monty Hall* offers you the choice of trading to another door, one of which may have a 1/4 pounder behind it.

* - Yes, I know. He rises from the dead to do this. It's a Halloween advertising campaign.
 
2021-10-25 12:25:50 PM  

The Crepes of Wrath: OldRod: The people in this country can't even get fat correctly

Sure they can.  They'll buy two to make sure.


With two, you get a free diet coke!
 
2021-10-25 12:28:58 PM  
 
2021-10-25 12:29:25 PM  
Joke's on them.  I'm eating a √-1 lb burger.

/imaginary burger
//zero calories!
///om nom nom nom
 
2021-10-25 12:34:42 PM  

xanadian: Joke's on them.  I'm eating a √-1 lb burger.

/imaginary burger
//zero calories!
///om nom nom nom


living to 100 isnt worth giving up good food for
 
2021-10-25 12:41:38 PM  
"We use bigger cows."
 
2021-10-25 12:43:22 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: I think most should know which is bigger, since those sizes are very common in grocery store burgers.


I think most people should know that 1/3 is bigger than 1/4 because they know that 1/2 is bigger than 1/4 and 1/3 is right between them. But then I remember that most people have some weird aversion to using their brain.
 
2021-10-25 12:43:31 PM  

OldRod: When people think 1/4 is bigger than 1/3... SMDH

The people in this country can't even get fat correctly


4 > 3 and fractions are hard.
 
2021-10-25 1:05:07 PM  

xanadian: Joke's on them.  I'm eating a √-1 lb burger.

/imaginary burger
//zero calories!
///om nom nom nom


but where does it go in and where does it go out

/complex topology, it's one heckuva drug!
 
2021-10-25 1:15:31 PM  

tintar: xanadian: Joke's on them.  I'm eating a √-1 lb burger.

/imaginary burger
//zero calories!
///om nom nom nom

but where does it go in and where does it go out

/complex topology, it's one heckuva drug!


His burger may be imaginary, but at least he's eating the entire thing.

/wanted to throw in a Liouville's Theorem joke for good measure
//not really sure what it means for a burger to be constant
 
2021-10-25 1:24:10 PM  
Was that the narrator from Idiocracy?

The meal deal should come with a Brawndo.
 
2021-10-25 1:31:09 PM  

Ray_Finkle: Isn't the real story that the burger just didn't sell well because it was A&W competing against McDonalds?  The "stupid customer" excuse was just pished by the marketing company to CTA and push away blame?

I could be mistaken but I remember reading they had some shaky research that let themselves off the hook


This is correct.
 
2021-10-25 1:37:38 PM  

Sunidesus: Weirdly 3/9 "sounds" smaller than the other two to me. Even though I know it isn't.


A number of years ago I got assigned a classroom in the humanities building for ... I think it was adv principles of cell biology or something.  It was next door to a room assigned to a math 093 which taught basic arithmetic.  Since I showed up to my lectures 20 minutes early I listened in to a faculty member teaching 40 students how to do long division.
 
2021-10-25 1:38:03 PM  
Oh yeah my point.  My point is reduce your goddamn fractions
 
2021-10-25 1:45:14 PM  
Pi burger
 
2021-10-25 2:04:05 PM  
Could we stop talking about the people who voted Republican?
 
2021-10-25 2:08:35 PM  
I really, truly wouldn't be surprised.

We get people on jobsites all the time that can't read a farking tape measure.
 
2021-10-25 2:26:10 PM  

Axeofjudgement: I really, truly wouldn't be surprised.

We get people on jobsites all the time that can't read a farking tape measure.


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/Carl is kind of a jerk
 
2021-10-25 3:07:13 PM  
I had an A&W hamburger about a month ago because it was a Sunday and the only place open around where we were staying.

Never again. Not because it was bigger or smaller, or because it wasn't McDonalds or anything like that.

It was just lousy.
 
2021-10-25 3:31:47 PM  

Ray_Finkle: Isn't the real story that the burger just didn't sell well because it was A&W competing against McDonalds?  The "stupid customer" excuse was just pished by the marketing company to CTA and push away blame?

I could be mistaken but I remember reading they had some shaky research that let themselves off the hook


It doesn't matter, it's the legend now.  So they're going to get business from the people who fall into the overlap of a venn diagram of: believing the "bad at math" narrative, eats fast food burgers, and likes to be smug.

/Wow, they definitely should be advertising exclusively on the internet.
 
2021-10-25 3:32:26 PM  
Are they airing that ad during the nightly episode of 'Ow My Balls!'

Seriously though, there are enough A&W still around to have a marketing campaign for?
 
2021-10-25 4:31:34 PM  
"Just gimme the god-damned burger" strangely not an option.
 
2021-10-25 5:21:47 PM  
Americans are basically incompetent at math, but what's worse is that by and large they're proud of it.  "Oh, I'm horrible at math, I can't even balance my checking account, giggle giggle!".  Are you also the worst driver, or the lousiest in the sack?
 
2021-10-25 6:02:46 PM  

Ray_Finkle: Isn't the real story that the burger just didn't sell well because it was A&W competing against McDonalds?  The "stupid customer" excuse was just pished by the marketing company to CTA and push away blame?

I could be mistaken but I remember reading they had some shaky research that let themselves off the hook


This sounds more likely because I don't think I've ever seen the McDonald's burger labeled as a "1/4-pounder." I'm pretty sure the menus list it as the "quarter-pounder," and I doubt very many customers ever visualized that as "1/4."

I have no idea if A&W listed theirs as "1/3-pounder" or "third-pounder," because I barely even remember they were a restaurant. They should have called the mega-burger or something and just promoted it as "33% bigger than a Quarter-Pounder!"
 
2021-10-25 6:42:39 PM  
They should have called it a 1/4lb + 30%
 
2021-10-25 8:14:41 PM  

hlehmann: Americans are basically incompetent at math, but what's worse is that by and large they're proud of it.  "Oh, I'm horrible at math, I can't even balance my checking account, giggle giggle!".  Are you also the worst driver, or the lousiest in the sack?


stealing from my-ownself from yesterday:

the best part about being an accredited mathemagician? I ain't need to do arithmetic any of my days. like, I can easily say the answer is 1 or 0 or e or the tan-integral of your mom, whilst lying on a beach drinking margarita-shooters, and I'm all lying there drunkly-correct whilst you're all sitting in a chair being wrong as can be.

/maths farking rocks
//wrong as can be
///*sssssiiip*
 
2021-10-25 8:27:36 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: They should have called it a 1/4lb + 30%


That does sound better than, "We're 1/12th bigger!"
 
2021-10-25 8:43:39 PM  
How about a #33 burger as opposed to a #25 burger? Probably complex enough to avoid critical thinking in 88% of cases...

And no, I don't need constant reminders of how stupid people are, I have enough already.

I will say that 1/3lb burgers are the right size for me. 1/4lb leaves me hungry, and 1/2;b makes me lethargic.
1/3lb bison cheese burger with bacon bits inside is heaven.
 
2021-10-25 9:02:29 PM  

Percise1: How about a #33 burger as opposed to a #25 burger? Probably complex enough to avoid critical thinking in 88% of cases...

And no, I don't need constant reminders of how stupid people are, I have enough already.

I will say that 1/3lb burgers are the right size for me. 1/4lb leaves me hungry, and 1/2;b makes me lethargic.
1/3lb bison cheese burger with bacon bits inside is heaven.


I miss Montana. Bison burgers right next to the source was amazing.

But after a day or 2 in the mountains:

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Was frigging awesome. They don't skimp on the fries either.

https://bigskygrubtruck.com/menu/

Is still probably the best burger I ever got out of a food truck let alone most restaurants.
 
2021-10-25 11:45:49 PM  

Mikey1969: Sunidesus: Weirdly 3/9 "sounds" smaller than the other two to me. Even though I know it isn't.

Sorry, according to Fark, you are a complete and utter idiot.

In reality, it's something that happens to everyone at one time or another, you just brain fart. We all do it, the difference is between those of us who recognize it as what it is, a momentary hiccup, and those who just stop at the brain fart and don't proceed. But around here, there's no longer any such thing as "I had that happen once", without labeling you as the bad guy in the story for life.


I know, right? You suck ONE dick...
 
2021-10-26 4:44:50 AM  

hlehmann: Americans are basically incompetent at math, but what's worse is that by and large they're proud of it.  "Oh, I'm horrible at math, I can't even balance my checking account, giggle giggle!".  Are you also the worst driver, or the lousiest in the sack?


I used to work with someone who would constantly proclaim that they were bad at math, they'd "tried everything" during school, just couldn't understand it. To the point that he said he had a hard time reading sheet music because it was "too much like math".

Which just blew my mind. You understand there are four quarters in a dollar right? Well four quarter notes in a whole note, same thing.

I think a lot of people hit a point in math where something is difficult and because "being bad a math" is completely acceptable they just give up.
 
2021-10-26 8:47:24 AM  
From HARDEE's!

The 6/9 Pounder Burger - Hitting stores April 20th!

Our Meat Satisfies

Your Hunger

$13.69

 
2021-10-26 11:55:34 AM  

Sunidesus: hlehmann: Americans are basically incompetent at math, but what's worse is that by and large they're proud of it.  "Oh, I'm horrible at math, I can't even balance my checking account, giggle giggle!".  Are you also the worst driver, or the lousiest in the sack?

I used to work with someone who would constantly proclaim that they were bad at math, they'd "tried everything" during school, just couldn't understand it. To the point that he said he had a hard time reading sheet music because it was "too much like math".

Which just blew my mind. You understand there are four quarters in a dollar right? Well four quarter notes in a whole note, same thing.

I think a lot of people hit a point in math where something is difficult and because "being bad a math" is completely acceptable they just give up.


this made me giggle about a memory helping my little niece with her arithmetic homework. her school was using "common core" methods or some junk, ok, fine, I ain't know what that even is but I can learn. so her worksheets are for multiplication and division, and initially I tried to help using the ancient ways I know (I mean, after she eventually showed me "her" way, it was instantly blindingly obvious, if weird, and I ran with that)

but, so, at first...?

hers: Unca' that's wrong you did it wrong.
me: kid, it's the right answer and you can see I did the work.
hers: but your work is still wrong, ok?
me: dude, you know Unca' went to school for maths, right?
hers: YES I ALREADY KNEW THAT AND YOUR SCHOOL IS WRONG!
hers: UNCA' THEY WERE WRONG AND THEY TAUGHT YOU WRONG!!! *arms-crossed huff*

after that, I only used her school's methods and it went swimmingly. except for when she wanted me to peel and segment 5lb of clementines for us (which we both love and she knows I'm a sucker for doing that) - and then when she tried to claim, as always, "no no Unca' it's ok, maman always lets me play ipad when I'm studying!"

/god I love that kid
 
2021-10-26 11:59:03 AM  

DeadSeriousIdeaMan: From HARDEE's!

The 6/9 Pounder Burger - Hitting stores April 20th!
Our Meat Satisfies
Your Hunger
$13.69


I think there's more at work here than trying to convey two-thirds of a pound...

Nice.
 
2021-10-26 12:03:09 PM  
DeadSeriousIdeaMan:
From HARDEE's!



The 6/9 Pounder Burger - Hitting stores April 20th!


Our Meat Satisfies


Your Hunger


$13.69



now I want to see 22/7 burgers on March 14.

/e-day is an exercise best left to the reader
 
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