The New New Math

I overheard this snippet of conversation today at Wendy’s between a man and his son, about 8 years old.  They were sitting behind me, so I don’t know what they were looking at.

Son: Why did they write this number out as 1001 instead of 1K1?

Father: I don’t know.

Son: I think I know why.

Father: Why?

Son (not joking): 1T is one trillion.  1M is one million.  You can’t use 1K because there’s no such thing as a killion.

Can’t fault the kid’s logic on this one.

Oh, wait…


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