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Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics by Robert B. Banks

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How to Make Fairly Nice Valentines

Have you noticed how dramatically the cost of greeting cards has risen during recent decades? Do you realize that each year we pay trillions of dollars for birthday cards and holiday cards? Many people find this difficult to believe.

Well, we can begin reducing our budgets for greeting cards by creating our own, at least some of them. The problem is that unless one has considerable artistic talent, it is impossible to trim expenses by making one's own fantastically beautiful Christmas cards, Labor Day cards, and Groundhog Day cards. Likewise, homemade Easter cards and Thanksgiving cards would probably look pathetic. By the same token, it is futile to try to do much about constructing your own birthday cards. ...

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