Math is hard around the holidays

I’m watching The Last Holiday (starring Queen Latifah) on DVD at the moment. Stop reading if you don’t want one scene in it to be ruined.

Queen’s character goes to do some gambling, playing roulette. And she places a pile of chips on one number. The other folks gathered with her (a rich crowd including a senator and a major retail magnate) tell her that that’s an awful lot of money she has on there, and a foolish bet. But the number hits… and she lets the pile of chips ride. And the number hits again. And she lets it ride again, and the number hits again. And she cashes out, and by goodness, she’s ended up with $100,000!
Except the payoffs on roulette are rather standard. If she ended up with $100,000, that scarily big bet she originally put down? Two dollars and fourteen cents.

Published in: on January 28, 2007 at 3:03 am  Leave a Comment  

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