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01-11-2011, 10:45 PM   #42
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17, but it wasn't a very good test. Even though I got the fan rotation right (50-50 chance - big deal!), it was just weird to give the reference (as you face it), in the answer, not in the question. Maybe I used the wrong ref for the merry-go-round (I got that one wrong).

The one about the FM band is stated oddly. What is the lowest whole number?, Well the band goes down to 87.8, the center frequency of the lowest channel is 87.9 - the choices were 87, 88, 89 so I said 87. Why is 88 correct? Should they have said round number?

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So, 87 is the whole number portion of 87.8. And there is no 88.0, they are all odd numbers. So by that definition, there are no whole numbers on the dial.

And venetian blind cords? I was able to set mine to either side pull. I don't play cards, missed that one.

But the average is 7 C'mon.

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 Originally Posted by martyb I think the number of matches is the same as the number of cigarettes in a pack. I don't smoke but I've known enough people who do/did. Seems like I remember there being an equal number of matches & cigs. Makes sense, somehow, I suppose.
I got matches wrong too. Oddly, there are eight hot dog buns in a pack (but I bought a pack of sausage rolls for dinner tonight, so I knew that), but 6 hot dogs in a pack. Whas' up wid 'dat?

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01-11-2011, 11:01 PM   #44
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You buying those expensive bourgeoisie hot dogs, ERD50? the LBYM weiners come ten to a pack...

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 Originally Posted by Westernskies You buying those expensive bourgeoisie hot dogs, ERD50? the LBYM weiners come ten to a pack...
heh-heh - I remembered they weren't matched, but I see I got the numbers wrong. I googled it and found that the history on this is that butchers sell by the pound. So typically 10 dogs to a pack, but sometimes 8, and sausages may commonly be 8 or 6 to the pound. And (despite what I wrote), rolls tend to come in ratios that are a factor of a dozen.

One source claimed that was all about how you can pack different size products on the same baking sheets. If you do 10 of something, it only 'packs' in a 1x10 line, or a 2x5 array. No other options. But 12 of something allows you to arrange in 1x12, 2x6, or 3x4. I don't think that makes any difference to big bakeries, just make 120 (or 120,000) and package for sale any way you want. Some do (they say there are regional preferences), but mostly just historical hold over. Unless those explanations were all just BS!

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What kind of hot dogs are you buying We get 10 in a pack... or you get two packs of 5 if you buy one brand..

Now, the bigger ones come 8 to a pack... I think bun length are also 8, but I could be wrong...

but I have never seen 6 to a pack...

OK... saw that you alread got called on this.... but I still wanted to leave my post

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Not really Aaronc, when you consider that half the people you know are above average...

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 Originally Posted by ERD50 17, but it wasn't a very good test. Even though I got the fan rotation right (50-50 chance - big deal!), it was just weird to give the reference (as you face it), in the answer, not in the question. Maybe I used the wrong ref for the merry-go-round (I got that one wrong). The one about the FM band is stated oddly. What is the lowest whole number?, Well the band goes down to 87.8, the center frequency of the lowest channel is 87.9 - the choices were 87, 88, 89 so I said 87. Why is 88 correct? Should they have said round number? What is a Whole Number? I. So, 87 is the whole number portion of 87.8. And there is no 88.0, they are all odd numbers. So by that definition, there are no whole numbers on the dial. And venetian blind cords? I was able to set mine to either side pull. I don't play cards, missed that one. But the average is 7 C'mon. -ERD50
Well, I won't argue about the quality of the test. Between the toilet, fan, and venetian blind questions I give it a low score. But the radio question is definitely valid. It definitely said dial, not digital readout. There's definitely an 88 on the dial, and it's definitely the lowest whole number. I missed it too, because I was thinking lowest number (not whole number),

As far as why the average is 7, I suspect it's partially because people don't read well.
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 01-12-2011, 04:59 PM #52 Thinks s/he gets paid by the post   Join Date: Oct 2008 Posts: 1,424 I do think the venetian blind question does not have an exact answer. My blinds have the controls on the right because that was what I specified when I ordered them. Looking at comments on a Google search some people remarked that their ceiling fan can go either direction. Bottom line is that a number of the questions are suspect and don't really have just one answer.
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 Originally Posted by harley Well, I won't argue about the quality of the test. Between the toilet, fan, and venetian blind questions I give it a low score. But the radio question is definitely valid. It definitely said dial, not digital readout. There's definitely an 88 on the dial, and it's definitely the lowest whole number. I missed it too, because I was thinking lowest number (not whole number), As far as why the average is 7, I suspect it's partially because people don't read well.
I probably was thinking lowest channel #, and I think it did say 'dial',but even that I took as the lowest channel # on the dial. Like the announcers say "Tune to 97.9 FM on your radio dial", but there isn't a 97.9 on the dial. But even with the word "dial", my old receiver has an analog dial, but it moves a pointer on a scale. I actually thought it spelled out each number, including 87.9, but it does stop at the round # of 88. And some digital radios have dials that you turn and it displays the number on the readout. Isn't that 'on the dial' then?

So yeah, poor test.

On a positive note, there were a couple good ones. I had to stop and think about pencil sides. Got it right, but I thought that was a good example of everyday items that we see but don't observe.

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Greetings from another Village Idiot, here in Spain. But then, many of the questions were specially directed at you USA citizens
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