One ounce of solution X contains only ingredients a and b in a ratio of 2:3. One ounce of solution Y contains only ingredients a and b in a ratio of 1:2. If solution Z is created by mixing solutions X and Y in a ratio of 3:11, then 2520 ounces of solution Z contains how many ounces of a?

“Okay, then, let’s start at the beginning…”

But what does it mean??

“Damned if I know, honey, but it’s due tomorrow so I guess we’d better get to figuring it out.”


“And then she said there were umpteen reasons Mike wouldn’t go out with you but that’s all she’d say.”

Umpteen? What’s that mean?

“Beats me, but it sounds like a lot.”


“Tus padres saben que te escabulliste.”

What does that mean?

“It means you’re screwed, man.”


“I mean, it’s not like I meant to like Chris. I know Taylor likes him, I mean, I’m not an idiot. Do they say I like him? ‘Cause I don’t. Not really – I mean, not like like like him, not like that. You know what I mean?”



Kalief’s scores on his first four History tests were 80, 85, 88 and 95. To get an A in the class, he needs to have an average of 90 or better. What score must he make on the fifth test to get an A? Let x be the required score on the fifth test. Write an equation for calculating the mean with the unknown value.



Eeny, meany, miney, moe,

Catch a tiger by his toe.

If he hollers let him go,

Eeny, meany, miney, moe.


Regina George: 120 calories and 48 calories from fat. What percent is that?
Gretchen Weiners: Um..48 into 120?
Regina George: I’m only eating foods with less than 30% calories of fat.
Cady Heron: It’s 40%. Well, 48 over 120 equals x over a 100 and then you cross multiply and get the value of x.
Regina George: Whatever. I’m getting cheese fries.
Mean Girls

Linda hosts our Stream of Consciousness Saturdays. This week’s prompt is “mean(s). Use it with or without the ‘s,’ any way you’d like.”