Bobby Q Garbage Pail Kids trading card (too bad it's not Garbage Pail Kids Valerie Vomit for me!)

Valerie Vomit (On the Garbage Pail Kids)

Reason #4,386 I shouldn’t be allowed to shop alone at Target…

Bobby Q Garbage Pail Kids trading card (too bad it's not Garbage Pail Kids Valerie Vomit for me!)

I bought a Garbage Pail Kids trading card! (I got Bobby Q.)

I loved Garbage Pail Kids when I was a kid. My card would be Valerie Vomit, which is fitting. Who knew they still had these things!?!?!

Funniest thing about it: On the back of the package there is a contest thing where you can send in your name in hopes of winning a magnet or something. At the end of the directions, it says “Potential Canadian winners will be required to first correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question: 20 + 4 X 2 – 10 = ?”

Canadians Have to Answer a Question to Win a Prize for the contest on the Garbage Pail Kids wrapper.

HAHAHA, silly Canadians 🙂 Why do Canadians need to answer trivia questions to win a contest? Does getting the answer wrong automatically disqualify them from winning?

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Jason
    April 16, 2007at4:17 am

    It’s 38 😛

  • Rob
    April 16, 2007at7:07 am

    Actually it’s 18.

  • val
    April 16, 2007at7:42 am

    hmm, i always thought you just worked from left to right, so i got 38 too…but then i just looked up order of operations and apparently you are supposed to do multiplication before addition. when did they change math??? should i move north?

  • Rob
    April 16, 2007at8:06 am

    Order of operations in math since the beginning of time:
    1) Parenthesis
    2) Multiplication/Division
    3) Addition/Subtraction
    So we get 20 + (4×2=8) = 28 – 10 = 18.

  • Rob
    April 16, 2007at8:08 am

    As an aside, the answer would have been 38 if it was written as
    (20+4) x 2 – 10 = ?

  • val
    April 16, 2007at2:57 pm

    So, I looked it up…and that damned “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” mnemonic sounds so familiar. So why the heck have I been going left to right all these years? Maybe that’s why I flunked the AP calc exam (that, or the fact that I spent the entire night I was supposed to be studying making out with my study buddy instead…)
    I think it’s stupid to go any other way than straight across. On my authority, Canada wins! (See, I was even nice and said Canada instead of Canadia!)

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