# Do the math.

After the open house at the college radio station, I paid a visit to a now-defunct cafe that used to be downstairs from the radio station studio and found the following calculation written on the wall:

I’m a little uncertain about the first premise (that girlfriends are the product of time and money). But if that premise holds true, it’s hard to deny the conclusion that girlfriends are evil.

You’ve been warned.

## Comments

1. #1 D. C. Sessions
June 13, 2009

There’s a ± missing, so it’s also possible that either

-girlfriends = evil

or

girlfriends = -evil

2. #2 Dylan
June 14, 2009

Perhaps “Girlfriends = Time * Money” is a lemma proven previously on the wall?

Or maybe I just like to use the word “lemma” whenever I can?

3. #3 Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde
June 14, 2009

Of course, this logic works for anything that costs time and money. Babies, for example. Golf. Earning a PhD.

Wait a sec…

4. #4 Flaky
June 14, 2009

@D.C.: That’s not correct. Even if money could be either root of evil (positive or negative), money squared is still evil, never -evil.

5. #5 bill
June 14, 2009

Why does that quotation get mangled so often?

http://kingjbible.com/1_timothy/6.htm

1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

6. #6 David L
June 15, 2009

@bill:

OK, fine, so use “love of” in the equation. Since we are potentially talking about love of girlfriends as well, the “love of” part cancels out and you are still left with the same conclusion.

Yes, I have no girlfriend, presently, why do you ask? (No, I’m not bitter.)

7. #7 Davis
June 15, 2009

Since we are potentially talking about love of girlfriends as well, the “love of” part cancels out and you are still left with the same conclusion.

Only assuming love, money, and girlfriends are part of an integral domain, which I am inclined to doubt.

8. #8 Doug Spoonwood
September 9, 2009

The premise comes as hilarious, but I’ll grant it. Still, even granting that, and the improper paraphrase “money is the root of all evil,” it still doesn’t work. Who says “the root” means “the SQUARE root.” For all we know it could mean the cube root, the 15-dimensonial hyper-cube root (which would equal n^(1/15), or the 1.01010101… “root of all evil.” It even gets more funny when you think about the saying “for the love of the money is the root of all evil.” There the “root” gets thought of something like a tree’s root, from which the tree springs and which helps sustain the tree. So, more or less, the love of money in some way causes evil. Does a number such as 1.414… get caused by a square root operation? Nope, just equality without causality. In fact, if we did say that a square root operation of 2 causes 1.414…, then by the symmetric property of equality we would have to conclude that 1.414… causes the operation of the square root of 2. Numbers creating functions indeed!

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