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I don't get it!!!!!

<very wide grin>

Namir

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Let me guess: "this joke is funny because...... he got the wrong answer"?

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Manuals and books for RPN calculators typically contend that one of the advantages of RPN is that users can solve problems on their calculators in a manner similar to the way they would solve them with pencil and paper. For example,

Page 29 of the *HP-41C Owner's Handbook and Programming Guide* says about RPN that "You can calculate in the same manner you do with pencil and paper. ..."

Page 327 of the *HP 19BII Financial Calculator Owner's Manual* says "You can calculate in the same order as you would with pencil and paper -- that is, from the innermost parentheses outward."

Pages 38 and 39 of the Fifth Edition of Wlodek's *A Guide to HP Handheld Calculators and Computers* say the same thing but in much more detail.

That all may be true, but do RPNers REALLY solve elementary problems such as the one proposed here in their head using RPN as suggested in the cartoon or do they simply do it in algebraic?