06 July 2006

(True) Story Problem

Pittsley has a $2.00 overdue fine at the library because 8 books were overdue. The fine for one book is 3 times the fine for each of the other 7 books. How much is the fine for each book?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

7 books at $.20 each and 1 at $.60.

Is this failure to turn books in on time a sin?

Pittsley said...

Not if I pay the fines.

Anonymous said...

But you "missed the mark"; you "transgressed" the rule.

Pittsley said...

I suppose that failure to return one's library books on time evidences a lack of conformity to the revealed will of God. But then again, so does using a Mac.

petros said...

remember pitts, "wide is the path that leads to destruction..."

Anonymous said...

Now what need was there to slander the Mac and all those godly people who use them?

smlogan said...

it depends on whether such an error is a simple missing of said target (hamartia) or an egregious violation/overstepping (paraptoma).
in pittsleys case, we all know that rebel that lurks beneath that untamed hair and boyish personality: you are definitely a "paraptomer".

sml

smlogan said...

p.s. of course, the most egregious error in this whole discussion was far and away pittsley's macintoshian red herring.

Pittsley said...

Ha! I've now paid my debt to society. I'm a free man!