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Subject: Mathematical ladders
Path: your-brain!your-host!ihnp4!kremvax!plovergw!shitpost!mjd
Date: 2017-12-10T00:10:57
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Katara and I were looking at some warmup problems for a math competition. One began:

When leaned against a vertical structure, a straight ladder can be used safely if ...

This knocked me for a loop and I had to stop to recover my wits. “A straight ladder?” I cried. “What other shape can a ladder be?” Then I had to indulge in a fantasy about the uselessness of a curved or an S-shaped ladder.

Sometimes I wonder who writes these questions.