Friday, January 01, 2010

Pizza Pi

This post at Not Always Right reminded me of something from when I worked at a pizza place many years ago.

Someone called to order a pizza, and I answered the phone. It went something roughly like this:

Him: "How big is your medium pizza?"

Me: "The medium is 12 inches across."

Him: "And how big is the large?"

Me: "The large is 15 inches across."

Him: "So how much more pizza is that?"

Me (thinking): Is this guy serious?

Me (aloud): "One moment, sir."

I grabbed the calculator and once again cursed it for not being a "real" calculator--"real" to me meaning a scientific calculator with parenthesis function--and after several seconds spoke again.

Me: "About 63 square inches."

Him (laughing): "And how do you figure that?"

Me: "The area of a circle is pi times the radius squared, so 3.141592654 times 7.5 squared minus pi times 6 squared gives me the difference between the two pizzas."

Him: "Okay...but it's 3 inches bigger, right?"

Me: (pause) "...Right." While thinking: He needed me to confirm that the difference between 12 and 15 is 3?

Him: "I better take the large, then."

1 comment:

  1. Him: "I better take the large, then."

    Mathematically speaking, yes. How can you argue with geometry?