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Sinope  (Level: 7.5 - Posts: 37)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 7:58 PM


I just went for a showdown in Classic edition, and it was a really tough math question.

Now, a little background: I'm a 3rd year math major at the University of Chicago. I got 760 on my math SAT. I'm a TA for a freshman calculus class. I can prove theorems in calculus and analysis like Euler's relation, the Mean Value Theorem, or the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. I can construct the real numbers from a handful of axioms. I can calculate the probability of any imaginable outcome of a game of cards. I can produce a bijective mapping from any uncountable set to any other uncountable set, or from any countable set to any other countable set. I can play Go on a three-dimensional, toroidal board. I can put good bounds on the complexity of most information- and graph-theory problems. I eat, sleep, and breathe math.

But one thing I can *NOT* do is solve a quadratic equation in my head in 10 seconds! What is Sploofus thinking!? Anyone who can get that is either an idiot-savant or just plain lucky.

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 8:26 PM

My money's on lucky. Most of your post was written in ancient Sanskrit, but among the English words, I got the impression you lost a math question in a showdown. About a week ago, I WON a showdown, to the tune of 5 million points, against one of the fastest, smartest members here and I did it with a math question. Now, the odds of that are about the same as the odds that I will be one of the finalists in the Miss America Contest. I don't have to tell you, I'm sure, that my answer was nothing more than a "what the hell" guess. I'd love to know if it was the same question.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 9:23 PM

My cats breath smells like cat food.

Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3778)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 9:44 PM

what next??????????????

Cats and Dogs living together

Gun Racks in Volvos

TV Preachers giving instead of begging for money

Honest Politicians

The Apocalypse is upon us.


Chanel3  (Level: 16.1 - Posts: 48)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 9:58 PM

U think thats bad machiabelly, My cat farts worse than my husband, and they both sleep with me~EEK~~!`

Sinope  (Level: 7.5 - Posts: 37)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 10:40 PM

Uh. That's just nasty.

Mcpop  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 44)
Thu, 8th Sep '05 10:54 PM

Machiabelly- Isn't that line from the same person who said "tastes like burning"?

Chanel3  (Level: 16.1 - Posts: 48)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 12:29 AM

you will be ok sinope,dont be so uptight~~lol

Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 12:52 AM

Sinope, will you do my taxes this year? lol
I envy people like you. I usually get the wrong answer for 2+2. I avoid math questions like the plague.


Philkon  (Level: 268.9 - Posts: 474)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 1:30 AM

If you offer the proper sacrifice to the divine Sploofus, answers will just appear in your mind.

If you don't, your cat will have bad breath.

By the way, why don't they make mouse-flavored cat food?

Jaybird817  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 5)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 2:02 AM


Do you plan on visiting Las Vegas anytime soon? I'd be happy to share a Black Jack or Roulete table with you ;-}....Jay

Action23  (Level: 113.6 - Posts: 180)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 5:42 AM

philkon: lmao!!!!!!!!!!! mouse-flavored cat food? heehee!! time guess like the rest of us!! LOL


Kasp767982  (Level: 157.8 - Posts: 153)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 6:04 AM

Hey, Now that's funnymy german shephard dog's breath smells of .....CAT )

Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3778)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 7:25 AM

Strange...the alligator in our pond has breath not unlike poodle and mothballs.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 7:30 AM

Yes MCpop that is a quote from the one and only Ralph Wiggums.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 7:46 AM

Hey Phil(kon),

Just how do you know that cat food *isn't* mouse-flavored? :D

Tuzilla, a poodle-breathed gator? How are you getting close enough to discern that?

And Machiabelly, that is one of my favorite Simpsons lines ever. Come to think of it, all Ralph's lines are hysterically funny...


Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 2:13 PM

Yeah Tuzilla, I was wondering the same thing. How DO you know what the alligator's breath smells like? Course....I've never seen could be terribly mangled!

I have a poodle golden retriever mix, and his breath is not unlike a rotting alligator carcass....sooo how's that for irony?
PS: His name is Brinkley, and other than the breath he's REALLY cute!

Phlenin  (Level: 17.8 - Posts: 22)
Fri, 9th Sep '05 7:06 PM

I TOO have fallen victim to the incredulous Sploofus question!
Why, just today, my QOTD was one such vicious wondering………ment…..

A little background on me: I can open a jar of mayonnaise on Thursday! I solve almost every single "find the hidden" game on the back of my Captain Crunch box! I just scored a 3.5 for a graceful fall down my front STEP (not plural). I can play with TWO different colors in a game of Chinese Checkers! I know how to push a shopping cart with a squeaky wheel! I can make a bank deposit left handed! I can drink water WITH ice! I can make an inanimate object move from side to side WITHOUT touching it, by alternately blinking my eyes! I can even find my car without hitting the panic button on my key thinger (most of the time)!

What I CAN'T do is determine the average SIZE of a poodle eating alligator within 20 seconds!

Wish you had been there to help, Tuzilla.

Najat333  (Level: 70.8 - Posts: 19)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 4:37 AM

Back on the subject...

Honestly, I, too, love all things math, but when I have about 3 seconds to decide on an answer (thank you Comcast for my crappy load time), that's just not right. Math problems are awesome, but they deserve their own category. And when I say that, I mean NOT TIMED.

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