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A Memorable Birthday Cake

Chad Riden's grandma turned 101 years old. When her children ordered the birthday cake, they said she would be one hundred and one. So the decorator wrote a hundred, then a one. Here she is, trying to look upset, but you know she's suppressing a giggle.

A discussion on the wording of numbers tells us that you shouldn't use the word "and" because the numerals would be 100.1 or maybe 100.01 which some say is taught in school, but I'd never heard of that before. In this case, you can be sure that the decorator just wasn't thinking. If it were a proper cake phrase, the numeral would be 101st. You might imagine what would have happened if they'd have asked for "Happy one hundred and first birthday."    

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I have always found that reason to exclude the word "and" as ridiculous. It's not fair to teach kids word problems ("what is 15 of 20?", "What is 25 less 5", "what is 10 and 2"?) and THEN claim that people cannot use the word "and" in the answer. One hundred and one is equal too 100+1, which is 101.
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