How can one prove the equation "Girls + Smiles = Peace"? This perplexing calculation appears in Peace College's 1981 yearbook.
The answer is simple, with matchsticks. Girls are represented by the XX chromosome, rendered with four crosscrossing matches. Smiles are represented by a smiley-face symbol comprised of four more matches. Four matches plus four matches equal the eight matches of the peace symbol.
That's what Presumptive Conundrums
is all about -- literary, rhetorical math problems that seemingly have no serious answer or provability. It's the ultimate puzzler for logical- and mathematical-minded folks.