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Which Would You Choose? A Math Lesson From Rose

Oooo, you should choose the second one.  Because that's a way lots more money.  Patrick thinks they are the same, but he doesn't know that more zeroes means more dollars.  See, but now I am in first grade and so I know that.


  1. I recently had an account that I pay for get closed on me. I checked. Nope, there's money in there. So I contacted them.

    "Uh, sir, you need to have money in your account before we can reactivate it."

    ...and that's when I noticed the parentheses. ...right ($5) is different from $5. Why couldn't accounting folk just use the normal negative sign for stuff?

    Symbols, placement, context ... all important. I'm still running into these lessons and I'm way beyond first grade...


    1. Yikes! I suppose thankfully, you're not as "rich" as you thought... only think if you had ($5,000) how hard things would be. Hopefully all straightened out by now. :/

  2. Okay, maybe it is just me - but if that is a decimal point doesn't that mean it is the same amount? Maybe I need to go back to school.

    1. Not just you! Little kids think lots of extra zeroes means more money. :)

  3. That's a decimal point, not a comma, so it is still $1000. Just one thousand and no cents.
    To be more, that would have to be a comma with three zeros after it.
    I'd love to add extra zeros to my bank balance and have them actually mean something.
    At least Rose knows that more zeros can mean more money.

    1. At least! She's very cute. I think she will actually grow up to manage her money pretty well, so I'm enjoying the tininess while I have it. :)


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