December 03, 2004

The Llamas present the really new math

Our new pal Key pontificates on the exact scientific formula to determine, um, sexual frustration.

We had a variant on this in college known as the "Boot-Waffle Graph." Basically, the evil genius who thought this up (who was then an English major, but now is a Major in the Army, and is a surgeon with one of the airborne divisions I think) posited a relationship between two data sets:

Boots: Number of times vomitted from drinking in the past 3 months


Waffles: Number of times having (non-relationship) sex in previous 3 months

He developed this perverse graphing system: Waffles were on the Y-axis (going up on the chart), Boots were one the X-axis. He then did a regression analysis on our whole team to determine our overall "slope," and anything below 45 degrees was, well, bad.

Needless to say, he was (and is) a sick bastard and, of course, there was a fair amount of what political scientists refer to as "preference falsification" concerning the N of waffles (ie we lied like a pack of rabid badgers). (Not, unfortunately, for the N of boots, as there was often picture evidence).

Hey, Reagan was president and we were all going to die in a nuclear war, right? I mean, that's what the erudite and popular public intellectual Phil Donahue was saying at our graduation and all.

And DanielWCaseyblog wants to know why I don't let my students know about the blog......

Posted by Steve at December 3, 2004 10:56 PM

We must make our own math in college. Keeps life interesting.

Thanks for the link, Steve. Now. Get back over there and leave your score in my comments.

(Inquiring minds want to know.)

Posted by: Key at December 3, 2004 11:33 PM
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