I find myself really fighting an uphill battle trying to argue for the advancement of critical thinking in this country. Most of the time I rant about religion because it not only thumbs its nose at critical thinking, but often actively works to thwart it. Now I could go on about correct logic, argumentation, educating yourself correctly on issues and even improper English skills, but if even basic Sesame Street level math skills aren’t commonplace, what the hell?
Yesterday I was exceptionally hungry and went to Taco Bell for their Grande meal, which is your pick of how many tacos and burritos you want, as long as they total ten. For instance, 5 tacos and 5 burritos equals 10. Anyway, here’s my drive thru exchange:
Taco Bell chick: Hello?
Me: Yes, I…
Taco Bell chick: Hello?!!
Taco Bell chick: Can I take your order?
Me: Yeah, I want a Grande meal with 8 crunchy tacos and 2 burritos
Taco Bell chick: That’s too many
Me: (Thinking there’s some sort of limit on how much of any one you can have) I can’t have that many tacos?
Taco Bell chick: It has to add up to 10.
(Pause as the realization of what was just said wafts over me)
Me: Yeah, 8 crunchy tacos and 2 burritos. 8 plus 2 is 10!
(Pause as who knows what goes on in there)
Taco Bell chick: That’ll be $8.90
Me: Ok, thanks!
And yeah, that’s a lot of food for one human but I’m large, those things are nowhere near as large as in the photos, and the dog helped with the last taco.