Let’s pick a variable. How about x? I always liked x.
Let x be a human. In fact, let x be a sponge sales representative. Like me, but, perhaps, not just like me.
x has a job coming up. It’s a seventeen day fair. x is in charge of the booth, and has to work every hour the fair is open. From ten a.m. to ten p.m., seven days a week. Except the Fourth of July when x gets off at nine. God Bless America!
1. How many hours will x have to work?
2. If the sponge selling demonstration lasts approximately three minutes, and x is giving it nine out of every ten minutes x is working (a reasonable supposition, I think), how many times will x deliver the demonstration?
1. (twelve hours per day for sixteen days) + (nine hours per day for one day) = 203 hours.
2. 60 minutes per hour for 203 hours = 12360 minutes
But x is only giving the demo 9 out of every 10 minutes. Therefore, x will be giving the demo for 12360 X (9/10) = 11124 minutes.
Each demo lasts approximately three minutes. Therefore, x will give the demonstration 11124 / 3 = 3708 times.
x feels better. At the very most, x will have to present the virtues of the super sponge 3708 times. And 203 hours is hardly daunting.