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"Sesame Street" song is *WRONG!*

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Janice & Mokey's Man, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. I was just listenin' to "I Was Going To St. Ives" by The Anything Muppets on MC Radio, and I decided to calculate "how many were going the other way".

    Well, the girl Muppet proclaims that "2,801" people were not going to St. Ives.


    According to my calculator, 7x7x7x7 = 2,401

    She had 4 too many! :eek:


    Now I'm scared to know if SS has LIED to me before! Wh--what other false ideas am I followin' that I don't know about?!
  2. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

    Cooperating is good?

    Love thy Grouch?

    That someone really can tell you how to get to Sesame Street?

    That a large yellow bird can live alone even though he is only six years old so long as someone is around to make birdseed milkshakes and he gets an occasional package from his granny bird?

    That pigeons can play checkers?
  3. Ryan

    Ryan New Member


    What are you talking about?! Pigeons CAN PLAY CHECKERS!
    You poor sap ;)
  4. Ol' Buddy Bert

    Ol' Buddy Bert New Member

    Re: Annika-

    Right...they just aren't very good. I mean...just look at Bernice.
  5. Joggy

    Joggy Member


    Byron, you miscalculated! :D

    You multiplied all those sevens, you just didn't add everything!

    Look at the song:

    As I was going to St. Ives
    I met a man with seven wives
    And every wife had seven sacks
    Every sack had seven cats
    Every cat had seven kittens
    Kittens, cats, sacks, wifes
    How many were going to St. Ives?

    Okay. There's one man. Seven wives.
    Each wife has 49 cats, making it a total of 343 cats.
    343 times 7 kittens equals 2401 kittens.

    Adding it together, that makes 2752 people going to St. Ives.

    Still wrong you say. BUT - somehow Muppets consider sacks as being people too. So if you add the 7x7=49 sacks, that makes... 2801. CORRECT!

    Geez, and this comes from someone who claims to be awful at maths!
  6. Jackie

    Jackie New Member

    THis is why Byron is an English major ;)
  7. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Wonderful analysis Joggy!
  8. Re: Byron


    I STILL don't get it!! :mad:

    7x7x7x7 = wives, sacks, cats, kittens = 2,401 + 1 man now = 2,402.

    Where the heck are you gettin' the other 399?!?

    If you add an extra 49, you get 2,450. I counted the sacks in my first equation. I had 4 7s, to represent "Kittens, cats, sacks, wives", which is 2,401, plus the single man which is 2,402.


    Plus, I did that right before I went to bed, and I'm doin' this right after I woke up (I ain't even brushed no teeth yet).
  9. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    I hate to say it guys, but we're really sad. ;)
  10. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

  11. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member


    The key is that every cat has seven kittens so those numbers are multipled, 343 times 7. So since each wife has 49 cats (7 cats times 7 bags), making it a total of 343 cats. Then, each cat has another 7 kittens which comes out to 2401 kittens.

    1 man +
    7 seven wives +
    49 sacks (7 x 7) +
    343 cats (49 x 7) +
    2401 kittens (343 x 7) = 2801

    *can't imagine the furballs*

    One cat is more than enough for me!
  12. FellowWLover

    FellowWLover Member


    All this coming from the person who claimed, when she said she had 2,801, but really had 2,401,
    Uh, that would be four HUNDRED too many there, Byron.

    Oh well, as my Japanese algebra professor once said to me, "Math is not for you... cannot get blood from stone!"
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Okay, so seven wives with seven cats and seven kittens with seven uh... corndogs, devide by three, multply by the square root of pi, uh...

    Ah Heck! Let's call in the Count!!!
  14. I know every 7 has 7 whatevers.


    7 wives
    x 7 sacks = 49

    x 7 cats = 343

    x7 kittens = 2,401

    +1 man = 2,402

    WHAT IS GOIN' ON HERE?!?!? :mad:

    *humiliated that he's bein' bested by SS*

  15. Re: Bryon,

    Lol, yep---I told y'all I did that right before I went to bed---sleepy Byron! ;)
  16. Wait a minute---is 343 x 7 supposed to equal 2,801? Cause that's not why my ex-roommate's calculator says... :confused:
  17. MuppetQuilter

    MuppetQuilter Member

    Oh, come on, Phillip, admit it, you like the cat. Otherwise, why would you feed it? :p
  18. supertulip

    supertulip New Member

    2,401 is just the number of kittens there are. You've got to then add the 343 cats, 49 sacks, 7 wives and 1 man. That's right isn't it? I just used Phil's maths for that :)
  19. YES!!! That's it!!

    They didn't tell me I had to add everything!! LOL!!! I just thought as I went along multiplyin', everything took care of itself...lol Jackie's right, good thing I didn't major in math! :p

    If only these people had told me that! LOL!!

  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Wait a minit wait a minit wait a minit!!!!! Do cats and Sacks count as people....cause if they do.... (shakes fist ala Homer Simpson)

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