Pinecones multiply like rabbits around here...

Curtis Jensen cjensen at
Tue Jul 24 12:53:08 EDT 2001

Skip Montanaro wrote:
> I was on a walk with my wife and dog yesterday.  Out of the blue I asked her
> "what's the result of five divided by two?"  After a little back-and-forth
> where she tried to figure out how I was trying to trick her and make her
> look foolish she answered, "two-and-a-half".  I then posed, "Suppose you
> have five pinecones and you want to clump them into groups of two.  What
> would you do?".  Her answer was, "Put two in the first group, two in the
> second group, and break the last pinecone in two so the third group would
> have two as well."
> Can we represent that in Python's arithmetic operations somehow? :-)
> --
> Skip Montanaro (skip at

Interesting math there.
5 pine cones give 3 groups of 2; giving 6 pine cones.  The produce
industry will love it.

Curtis Jensen

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