Thursday, 9 January 2014

A quip on women & maths

Yesterday I bought a block of 20 stamps à €0,02. (The German postal services have increased the postage cost for letters from €0,58 to €0,60.)
While the man behind the cashier started to work his calculator, I said "that'll be €0,40 I suppose". The salesman said, "I always use the calculator... erm... that'll be €0,40 indeed. No surprise our Chancellor is a woman."
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is a woman indeed, and she has a PhD in Sciences. (I shall refrain from discussing her politics here.) 
Germans have realised that women are good at maths. Q.E.D.

1 comment:

Dennis Bours said...

Funny, I saw a news article passing by on the IMF and Pakistan. A woman steering the big ship called IMF, but they still have trouble calculating - same as in your German example. Must be a lot of men working on the lower positions at the IMF ;-).

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-226083-IMF-programme-comes-under-fire-in-first-EAC-meeting

http://news.silobreaker.com/pakistan-to-raise-interest-rates-buy-dollars-to-comply-with-imf-norms-5_2267659621449596951