## [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Blame Quintushalls for this.

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### [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways...

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3534

I love that the math works; Sheila gets 33% (6) of his expanded 18-rose heart.
Dev Null

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### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Roses are a commodity, not currency. Assuming that demand for roses remains constant, we would expect the value of each rose to increase more or less at pace with inflation. Your comic strip is invalid.
slick514

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### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

slick514 wrote:Roses are a commodity, not currency. Assuming that demand for roses remains constant, we would expect the value of each rose to increase more or less at pace with inflation. Your comic strip is invalid.

Gold acts both as a commodity and a currency. Who's to say that the same isn't true for roses in some alternate universe
EdgarTheGreat

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

I think the real tragedy here is that they've been dating for 20 years.
Kaitlyn

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

I'm pretty sure that's (100/102)^20, but given that the 2% is an approximation, I guess 0.98^20 is close enough.
Guest

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

EdgarTheGreat wrote:
slick514 wrote:Roses are a commodity, not currency. Assuming that demand for roses remains constant, we would expect the value of each rose to increase more or less at pace with inflation. Your comic strip is invalid.

Gold acts both as a commodity and a currency. Who's to say that the same isn't true for roses in some alternate universe

Let us assume that roses act as currency in this alternate universe. Hyperinflation would undoubtably be the norm for as long as there is still unplanted arable land where more money-plants could be added... In this case, I don't know why he would be speaking to this woman, seeing as how the amount of affection that he holds for her is vanishingly small...
slick514

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### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Guest wrote:I'm pretty sure that's (100/102)^20, but given that the 2% is an approximation, I guess 0.98^20 is close enough.

Either way -- 1/(1.01^20) = 0.67297... and 0.98^20 = 0.66760... both round to 0.67. Still works like that at 60 years, in fact (0.29755... vs 0.30478...).
unkz

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Kaitlyn wrote:I think the real tragedy here is that they've been dating for 20 years.

Because you think marriage should be an end goal or for some other reason?
unkz

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Good job! The 6 roses sealed the punchline. This one was legitimately funny.
Guest

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

when you judge love by income you should take into account the nominal price of roses.
this was not mentioned in Mrs Wolverine's argument which is therefore false.
n

### Re: [2014-11-05] How Do I Love Thee?

Mrs. Wolverine used the phrase real wages. Which usually means wages adjusted for inflation. For the sake of the joke, I am assuming they live in an area where the price of roses has changed in step with inflation.

Just like Dev Null, I like cartoons where the math works.
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