Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Perfect Number

“Humor, Incorporated.  How may I help you?”

“Hello, Humor, I would like to order Captain Billy’s Whizbangs.  Do you carry those?”

“Yes, we do.  They come twelve dozen per container.  How many would you like?”

“That depends.   You see, my students are very discouraged and I thought if I held a monthly giveaway of Captain Billy’s Whizbangs–my students love those thing–it would help boost their morale.  Let’s see, every day of the first week of the month, for nine months, I will give away four Whizbangs, one per class.  I will probably have to do this for at least four years.”

“Okay, I’m checking the numbers.  If you order a minimum of ten containers, the shipping and handling is free.”

“Well, by all means, I’ll take at least ten.”

“Alright, I have a figure for you.  Your best deal is to order two thousand sixteen Whizbangs, which will come in fourteen containers.”

“Two thousand sixteen?  Perfect!  

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