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The Wisdom of Jessica Simpson
Have you seen that Pizza Hut® commercial with Jessica Simpson and the Muppets?

It's kind of been bugging me.

They are advertising the 4forALL™ Pizza. It's a box with four small square pizzas in it, each with its own toppings. But the thing is, Jessica says something like, "according to chance and probability, there are over six million, three hundred twenty-one thousand possible pizza combinations."

Now, I'm not one to openly question the wisdom of Jessica Simpson, but I think she's aiming a little low.

There are 18 topping choices, and you can have up to three toppings. Assuming you can choose duplicate toppings (pepperoni + pepperoni), you have this many pizza combinations:
    0 toppings = 1
    1 topping = 18
    2 toppings = 182/2! = 162
    3 toppings = 183/3! = 5,832/6 = 972
    Total topping combinations = 1 + 18 + 162 + 972 = 1,153
So, having 4 pizzas brings the total combinations to 1,1534 = 1,767,328,289,281.

Of course, technically she is correct. 1.7 trillion is indeed "over six million..." like she says. In the end, it's just surprising that she didn't pick up on the math error when they were filming the ad.

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webdiva From: webdiva Date: June 7th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes but this is jessica simpson we are talking about not einstein, like they would have her give the correct answer? lol
From: dark_wolfe Date: June 7th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude.
jensenpoet From: jensenpoet Date: June 7th, 2004 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahaha. i thought it was hilarious!
From: dark_wolfe Date: June 7th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude.
jensenpoet From: jensenpoet Date: June 7th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gets curious look on his face*

Dude?
From: just_joolie Date: June 7th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

jarrett. christ man. only you.

dude.
jensenpoet From: jensenpoet Date: June 7th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

definitely only jarrett

duuuuuuude.

hehe
From: just_joolie Date: June 7th, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: definitely only jarrett

gotta love Jar.
z3bulin From: z3bulin Date: June 7th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: definitely only jarrett

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude....
From: dark_wolfe Date: June 7th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, sorry--was helping Jarrett with something he was doing to his LJ emails, and he wanted me to post something to test.

Got it, dude?

:-)
jensenpoet From: jensenpoet Date: June 7th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

*nods in understanding*

Dude.


(and the random thought came to me of you and i exchanging a "Dude." "Dude?" "Dude!" "Dude." convo in jarrett's journal, and then him banning both of us from his journal for a long, long time. lol)
From: ex_neutrino Date: June 7th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
That made my head asplode.
From: just_joolie Date: June 7th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

my spoon is too big!

Oooo neut! I got that whole movie downloaded now! the spoon too big etc movie!
cynica From: cynica Date: June 7th, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just saw that commercial.

She actually says (in the version I just saw), "With 4 pizzas and 18 possible toppings, based on chance and probability, gives you 6,321,000 choices."

She didn't say "...over six million.." She said that's the number you get, period. I think it was mis-calculated on purpose, even though the joke isn't obvious.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: June 7th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That settles it then. Jessica Simpson sucks at combinatorial mathematics.
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jarrett From: jarrett Date: June 7th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
So you're letting the Muppets off the hook for this blatant misinformation?

Obviously, if the Count were there, he would have been able to clear up all the confusion.



"Eighteen cubed over three factoral, ha ha ha!"
helene23 From: helene23 Date: June 9th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
And how about the buffallo wings pizza... That one sums up her intellect...
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 19th, 2004 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You are a much better mathematician than Jessica, but I think your method slightly overcounts the possibilities. Even if you allow duplicate pizzas, you must still account for the fact that if you do have 4 different pizzas: A, B, C, and D, the order you place them in doesn't really matter (i.e. A, B, C, D is the exactly same combination of 4 pizzas as B, D, A, C)--so you have to divide by 4!, or 24 to get the correct amount.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 26th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

chance and probability?

This commercial bugs me. The number combinations has nothing to do with chance and probability.
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