Funny READ: A College Student's Use of Basic Math Went Viral on Facebook
— Connor Oliver (@connorjoliver) September 7, 2016
A college student proved, using basic math, that we all need to be a little more careful when using hyperbole on social media.
The now-viral Facebook exchange started innocently enough when Amaan Shaikh, described by Buzzfeed as a musician and social media personality, joked to his friends that he was growing tired of hearing a popular techno-pop song.
"TBH [to be honest] if had a $1 for every time I’ve listened to “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, I could probably afford that rover they be talkin bout," Shaikh wrote on a Facebook photo.
(The music video for the song, which references a Land Rover, has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube.)
Shaikh probably wasn't expecting anyone to do the math on his Land Rover claim, but a 21-year-old engineering student in Houston, Texas, decided to do just that.
Connor Oliver’s “calculated” response has now gone viral, with more than 200,000 shares!
False. A new range rover is $41,800 (according to google) so you would need to listen to that song 41,800 times.
The song is 4:04 in length or 244 seconds. This means you would need to spend 10199200 seconds listening to the song.
Which is roughly 118 days.
The song was released July 29, 2016. Which was only 40 days ago from today (Sept 6th, 2016).
So no. You couldn't afford that rover, even if you listened to that song every second of everyday since the song came out.
Well done, Connor, and let's hear it for math!