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# Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for April 20, 2012

#### Transcript:

Teacher: Danae? We're still waiting for you... Danae: Please, ma'am... genius requires patience. Time doesn't exist for the contemplative mind... I'm exploring all the variables and possibilities instead of leaping to preconceived conclusions. Teacher: Um... it's a math problem... there's only one answer. Danae: I'll be the judge of that. Teacher: Sigh... how much longer is this going to take? Danae: Until the final bell rings... Genius isn't ruled by the clock, ma'am.

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## pouncingtiger over 9 years ago

Just send Danae to the Principal’s office.

## Varnes over 9 years ago

Oh, come on, somebodyshort, although I’ve always resented math because I’m crappy at it, the one thing I liked about it was that there really is only one answer. Now you come along and snatch that away………Thanks a lot Bro….

## firedome over 9 years ago

fourth grade math?

## spamster over 9 years ago

2

## thirdguy over 9 years ago

stepped into that one!

## aarken over 9 years ago

Who decided that a minus x a minus = a plus and what was the reasoning behind it? It was never explained satisfactorily at school (nothing was). If you can enlighten me, please use simple language – I’m very tired.

## psychlady over 9 years ago

If Danae stalls long enough, the teacher may let her leave just to get her out of there!!

## GROG Premium Member over 9 years ago

You can’t simply say “Today I will be brilliant”.

## Wiley creator over 9 years ago

i knew there would be some folks who’d chime in to inform us that some math problems have more than one answer. Keep in mind the context of the character and the setting here. Danae is a 9 year old girl…in elementary school. Math problems at that level (addition and subtraction for the most part) have only one answer.

## BluePumpkin over 9 years ago

Teachers can’t send kids to the principle’s office anymore? That’s different . . .

## Digital Frog over 9 years ago

I was in elementary school when I learned that 4.999… = 5

## Gokie5 over 9 years ago

Pardon me, gotta say it: Danae is not a math problem.

## uru8 over 9 years ago

The teacher should just call on someone else.

## Can't Sleep over 9 years ago

Danae is a good candidate for…. homeschooling!Cap’n Eddie can teach geography, Jeffery can teach science…

## Vonne Anton over 9 years ago

My pedantic gland is acting up today, so…second panel: politics, religion, race, gender…these are areas where most people jump to preconceived conclusions without examining variables and possibilities…however, one can never know all the variables or possibilities, so all of us are forced at some point to choose an answer we can consider “right” until more information becomes available. Whew! Gotta get some pills for that pedantic gland!

## LingeeWhiz over 9 years ago

Wow, the teacher even lets Danae control the classroom! Practice for controlling the country some day.

## XianProf over 9 years ago

Wrong. The square root of 4 is 2. When there is no minus sign in front of the square root sign, it is to be seen as requesting the positive square root. However, if the original question was worded as “x^2 = 4, what is x?” then the answer would be 2 or -2.

## WaitingMan over 9 years ago

What is the square root of 4? 2 and negative 2. That is one answer. 2 or negative 2 would be two answers.

## Vonne Anton over 9 years ago

If you believe math can have many answers…try to explain that to my bank and get rid of those overcharges!

## jbarnes over 9 years ago

Any teacher worth his / her salt would simply move on after the first five to ten seconds. For example: “I’ll come back to you when you’re ready, Danae”

## dabugger over 9 years ago

sorry Danae, you are not…….

## Spyderred over 9 years ago

Give Danae a homework assignment to demonstrate a school-level math problem with more than one provable answer.

## Vonne Anton over 9 years ago

By it’s aroma when it comes out of the oven.

## Ernest Lemmingway Premium Member over 9 years ago

Sheldon gives those of us who really do have Asperger’s a bad name. He’s a stereotype of the disorder in its extreme. Like it isn’t hard enough for people to truly understand us without that guy mucking it up?!

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Danae, that’s not genius. It’s stalling. It’ll just make you look that much dumber when you do, or don’t, answer.

## Fan o’ Lio. Premium Member over 9 years ago

A very accurate approximation of pi is 355/113.

## Fan o’ Lio. Premium Member over 9 years ago

Not everything has a square root most trees have round roots.

## Varnes over 9 years ago

π r² ? Not what Paw said….He said “Pie are round, cornbread are square….” He oughta know, he’s eaten enough of them….

## ramonesfan over 9 years ago

Is there any way Danae could be related to Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann?

## CHAZ.SHIELDS over 9 years ago

All math problems have more than one answer, however correct answers = 1. I have found many of the other answers.

## chris_weaver over 9 years ago

Indeed, Nobel Prizes aren’t won in an afternoon.

## fmasroor over 9 years ago

I should so use this excuse.