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10 Photos That Definitively Prove Math Is Really, Really Hard

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 18:56:13 in Business

“You're right on #1, I wasn't paying attention to the actual add, I just assumed it said 2 for 3, I'll give that one to the author, as for #2 I wasn't questioning the bottles claim, I was criticizing the authors caption of "1,2,3...20" implying that Dr. Pepper was equating 10 and 20. I'm sure the 20 is not an exact representation. I'm assuming they were suggesting that people drink half the bottle and would therefore receive approximately 10 calories from the drink. Without seeing the bottle I don't know the actual amounts, I'm assuming that rather than attempting to label the actual bottle they have decided to label it based on servings, inaccurate and unrealistic to expect that people would leave behind 4 oz for their next beverage fix, but I've seen labels explained that way before.”

MrEcon101 on Jun 20, 2013 at 19:58:17

“The bottle states 20 oz. so it is 25 calories - it is just wrong.”

10 Photos That Definitively Prove Math Is Really, Really Hard

Commented Jun 20, 2013 at 18:00:37 in Business

“Yeah, this article is reaching. #1 is a common promotional practice, they lower the cost, but only if you buy some quantity greater than one, so you pay more per unit if you buy one. #2 Clearly states that its 10 calories/ 8oz serving, so the 20 calories refers to the entire bottle, which means 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 would be the count for 10 oz. #4 is two different products (creamy vs whipped) so in order to compare the marketing claim on the bigger bottle we'd actually need to see the comparable smaller bottle. #5 The photographer made two halves of the same nugget #"4" and "5".”

Frankenberry on Jun 20, 2013 at 18:35:02

“You may have a point on # 4 & #5, but you need to check your math on #1 (2 x \$1.69 = \$3.38, which is less than \$4) and #2 (the bottle clearly says 10 calories per 8 ounces, so the entire 20-oz. bottle should claim to be be 25 calories).”