Our discussion on fractions and pizza on #mathchat yesterday reminded me of a story.

My best friend lost on this deal back in 1978. But she gained a valuable lesson.

### My friend, let’s call her Linda…

She was a terribly ** terribly** slow eater. Like annoyingly so.

We would sit down to a Totino’s pizza on a summer afternoon. I would finish my half while she was still working on her first piece!

### One day I suggested a different method.

“Let’s NOT divide the pizza in half – equally,” said I in my sweetest voice. “We’re best friends, and dividing food up is so primal. Let’s just eat like normal people.” (Okay, I’m sure I didn’t say, “primal,” but you get the point.)

She agreed. Even though she could manipulate the heck out of me, I certainly had my share of the talent.

She got two pieces.

A whopping 1/4 of the pizza.

### She still tells this story.

And guess what? She totally knows the difference between her 1/4, our 1/2 and my 3/4.

What about you? Do you have any lessons you learned from friends in math? Share them in the comments.

*Please note that my bottom still reflects this bad pizza eating habit. Perhaps writing it down for the world to see will help me knock of the over-pizza-eating habit. That and the LoseIt! iPhone app.*

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Growing up, my dad was always throwing math at me as a game. It was playful (as math should be!). We had a game where we’d try to “trick” the other person out of the most pocket change. The idea being to make your 7 pennies sound like a way better deal than 2 quarters. This is an over simplified example, but you get the idea.

I loved it & although now I know my dad could add up the change MUCH faster than I could, I always felt like I had won something.