Poor Kenny... This is why your sort works on the factory floor, while my sort bitches
about not being able to land a job in management or executive sales...
Actually, though, this is a sign of how decimalization is making us all weaker. The effect
is most visible among the children of folk who could once deal with Pounds, Shillings, and
Pence without a second thought...
With the qualification that I've been censured in math classes for doing the arithmetic in my
head and not showing it on paper:
All of these things are easy if youstart with a number that's evenly divisible by the denominator of
the fraction in question. 24, for example, can be cut into:
halves, each exactly 12 units...
thirds at 8 units per...
quarters at 6...
sixths at 4
eighths at 3
(tenths at 2.4, but that's just those decimal bastards trying to claim that their system works)
and twelfths at 2 each.
With numbers not so easily broken up:
-Fifths are easy: a fifth is two tenths, so it's the original number, doubled, but made 1/10 the size...
and anyone can do tenths.
-thirds are a nuisance if you require EXACT values, as they generally involve, well, thirds...
which is to say an endless repeating decimal value. Upside, if you ignore all but the first
couple of places to the right of the .
, they aren't so bad.
-eighths are also easier if you round all your hundreds (those decimal shits again) to 96, so
eight pairs with 12 (which is divisible by everything) to make things easy to divide. Allow for
a few pence for tax or whatever, and you're all good.
(And don't feel bad, just find some old people and ask them to tell you stories about "helping"
American servicemen convert their money back during the War.