Friday, August 20

Friday’s Task!

Friday 55 Flash Fiction is brought to you by G-man (Mr Knowitall). The idea is you write a story in exactly 55 words. If you want to take part pop over and let G-man know when you've posted your 55. Here is mine for this week!


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Today’s maths children!

If it takes two men, each approximately 550 centimetres tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds each, twenty hours to build a wall, twelve metres long and three metres high with a width of thirty centimetres, using concrete which is fifty percent water 30 percent sand and thirty percent cement, what did they have for breakfast?


When I was teaching mental arithmetic was a daily task, sometimes mid way through reading the question I would invent an alternative outcome, it did give the lesson an injection of humour! lol!

20 comments:

  1. That takes me back Denise - at Grammar school we had mental arithmetic every morning - and by golly it has stood me in good stead throughout my life!

    Are we going to manage that lunch?

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  2. 50 per cent water, 30 sand and 30 cement? That's 110 per cent!

    Nice take on modern maths. Not Math - as the Americans insist on calling it!

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  3. Well done Morning AJ - you spotted today's deliberate mistake - 1 house point!

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  4. House points! Kids today probably don't know what house points are. (And I think that's only about the third I ever earned - so thank you.)

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  5. I hated problems in Maths. I've always wondered why Americans say Math instead of Maths like us.

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  6. This is when numbers just swirl around in my head and I think of writing poetry! Strangely, I was good at Maths, but didn't enjoy it! Great little 55!

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  7. they drank the extra 10 % water? have to for so giant a men...18 feet...skinny too or that height...did i convert that right? nice 55.

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  8. good there are teachers like you - bet your pupils found out what they had for breakfast…guess a lot when they worked that hard..

    mine is here

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  9. 50 percent water, 30 percent sand, and 30 percent cement? That's 110 percent. Hmm, must have added that oatmeal he was supposed to eat for breakfast. ;)

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  10. My maths teachers didn't have a sense of humour, more's the pity. I might have learnt something if they had!
    House points, merits and demerits are alive and kicking in schools in the south and west!

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  11. Nice one. I do love teasers ;-)

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  12. I don't know what they had for breakfast, but I hope there was plenty, for having to do all that hard work!


    WORD VERIFICATION: tomatsar
    DEFINITION: the leader of the agricultural nation

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  13. Haha! Obviously three Weetabix! LOL!

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  14. Oh, I gave it up with the words "today's maths." Do you need me to tell you what subject I did well with in school?

    Clever 55.

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  15. What a funny 55. I'm American so didn't get the maths or housepoints referrals. I did enjoy your deliberate mistake.

    Mine's (55) Fifteen is far too young . . .

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  16. Your classes sound like so much fun ;-)

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  17. Oh you Brits!!
    House Points?
    Love those retro references.
    Excellent 55 Mrs Nesbitt.
    Thank you so much for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  18. What a nightmare ! I hated math at school and still hate it, sorry, lol !

    But men of 5m 50 tall ??? they must be giants and have at least 50 scrambled eggs and 100 sausages for breakfast before the wall breaks down because of a leak of cement !

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  19. Sounds like more fun than the problems I had to solve at school. Very inventive 55.

    Mine’s here.

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  20. I'm just wondering what color their eyes were? :)

    Fun 55! And you must've been an excellent teacher! Humor is always in style.

    xo

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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