On a TV Quiz, I have just watched a woman who claims to teach remedial classes to young adults and teenagers answer the following question:
“A man pays 500 pounds for a car. Its price has been reduced by 60%, what was the original price?”
She started by trying to work out 60% of 500, before realising her mistake – that the 500 pounds was 60% of the figure she needed to find. However, each time she tried to solve it by using 50% instead of 60%, then adding 10%. Her answer to the question was 1100 pounds.
The same woman answered
“What organ of the body is involved with exchanges of gases”
With “It can’t be lungs, as that is air, not gases”. Having gone around in circles, and briefly considered farts, she answered “Lungs”, but still no wiser.
Won’t someone think of the children?