Revised Title, everybody hates Math...


#1

OK, if I’m selling 1500 widgets, and I sell one widget every 1.015 seconds on avg, then I would sell all my widgets in about 1,522.5 sec. right?
Furthermore, 1500/60 = 25 minutes w/ 22.5 sec. left over, right? At this point, shouts of “So what the hell is his point!” are forcing me to get to it.

Today’s Woot Widgets sold out in ~15 min despite selling at only 1 per 1.015 sec…

Possible Explanations: In the world of woot, much as the new day actually comes at 1am (how silly, CST is just made up) a woot minute contains 100 earth seconds?..

Or perhaps another explanation, what do you think?


#2

Wow, not a single post on this… (to self) I wonder if that means I’m right, because if I was wrong I would expect 7 different 14 year-olds would have flamed my post with how stupid I am.


#3

Although I’m not a 14 year old I may have a possible answer for you.

You quote “Today’s Woot Widgets sold out in ~15 min despite selling at only 1 per 1.015 sec…” If I read correctly. ORDER PACE was 1.015 sec. No info on how many widgets (of a possible three) were ordered. Could that be the explanation?


#4

I hate math… I am sorry.


#5

How can you not hate math? I’ve spent a good part of my life avoiding it.


#6

Any of the explanations sound good to me. I’m just sorry I missed out on the widgets. Anybody want to trade?


#7

I think that the point that people bought 2s and 3s of the item is the explanation. If I have some time later I’ll sit down and do the equations, but 20% bought 3, 21% bought 2, and 60% bought 1 (which also shows that the computer can’t quite add either). When i get around to doing the math, I’ll add it to my post. In the mean time I figure I should study for this damed med school test…I guess I might need to know how to diagnose all of these diseases some day…too bad random woot math is much more exciting right now!


#8

Are you sure you’re heading down the right career path?


#9

LOL…yeah, I’m pretty sure. I’ve wanted to do this since as long as I can remember. Its just med school that drives the desire to study right out of you. Plus I always liked math, and it might make a good study break to figure it all out!


#10

Are these calculations written down on paper or anything else flammable?


#11

Good grief, is this flame-throwing thing contagious? Or just a man thing? Hide your papers, jl, it might get hot.


#12

//sets fire to time-wasting math


#13

Never realized woot was so full of so many closet pyromaniacs!


#14

it’s fun, you should try it…


#15

I feel like they might not let me be a doctor then. I mean if you were a patient, I don’t think you’d want your dr running around lighting things on fire (even if it is in woot forums :slight_smile: )


#16

Naah…most are outed already. There are still a couple in the closet, though.
//sets fire to closet


#17

aww, c’mon, who’d know… just a little fire… everyone loves fire!


#18

//steals dr jl’s oxygen bottles to fan flames


#19

I do admit that it seems like it might be a great way to relieve stress… I hate that person’s post…set fire to it!


#20

especially the spammers… one day if i’m in a really bad mood i should sit in the product thread and start burning every non-productive comment…