Johann Nestroy:
Aphorisms, Ditties, and Deliberations
From His Plays
Translations by Herbert Czermak
MATH
Kann man ungleichnamige Größen miteinander
multiplizieren?
Man kann es.
So? Also multiplizieren Sie mir siebzehn Pfund mit drei
Ellen, was kommt denn da heraus?
Siebzehn Pfund, multipliziert mit drei Ellen, das macht netto
sechs Kilogramm, dreizehn Hektoliter, achtundzwanzig
Millimeter, zweieinhalb Gallonen, sechs Yards.
Sie wissen gar nichts.
Rechnen S´nur nach!
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Is it possible to multiply wholly different units of measure?
--Yes, it is.
Really? Then multiply seventeen pounds times three fathoms.
What´s the result?
--Seventeen pounds times three fathoms, that´s six kilograms
net, thirteen hectoliters, twenty-eight millimeters, two and a
half gallons, six yards.
--You don´t know anything!
Then just figure it yourself!
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