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Equations are useful tools for expressing that one or several things equal another thing or set of things. Most commonly they are used for taking a relatively simple idea and making it incomprehensible. For example:
When Vinegar is added to baking soda, it makes bubbles. Equation form:
This is the basic concept behind an equation, but things weren't always this way...
edit A brief history of equations
At first there was inequality amongst the universe, and this was the way God intended it to be. If God wished women and colored people to be able to vote, he would have said so. But, that ever tricky Satan was up to no good once again. On the 7th day, while god lay passed out in a pile of bottles, Satan snuck on to God's computer and created The Equator. The Equator went about the earth trying to simplify all objects and events into word problem equations. This of course necessitated the invention of the equals sign (=), which in turn led to the idea of equality. Ever since then, minorities and communists have been yammering and whining non-stop about it. As for The Equator... God woke up on the 8th day with a splitting head ache to find what a shitty mess he had made, and what's more some annoying asshole wandering around spouting nonsensical equations. So, as warning to all those who would piss him off, he picked up the Equator and stretched him all the way around the world and stapled him there.
Now you're probably thinking to yourself, "How can this benefit me?" Well I certainly am, except by me I mean you, and by benefit I mean kill, and by am I mean am not. This just goes to show a point: equations are powerful tools of confuzzlement and when used improperly can be highly dangerous.
edit How do I manipulate equations for my selfish gain?
That will shut them up good. But this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how equations can help you. Say you are an oldish bald guy and no one can understand you because you mumble. What to do with all your spare time? Write fun wholesome equations is what! Now writing equations for fun is fine and dandy if you're content to idly spend your time in peace. But I have a feeling you're more like me and would rather spend your time idly murdering and oppressing millions of people. And we all know the easiest way to that.
edit Equations in your political career
Equations are critical to any politician running for election in any democratic country. Using fancy looking equations (big words recommended as well) you will be able to harness the limitless potential of confusion that equations have to offer. Say your proposed policies all obviously benefit rich people, but you need those pesky poor people to vote for you. How do you do it? Confuse the hell out of their simple minds with wave after wave of equations and mumbo jumbo! What if your opponent puts forward a simple and honest proposal? Cast doubt and confusion over it with shameless absurdities. Now its easily said, but its even easier to do! No, but seriously its nearly impossible. Here are some examples anyways:
edit Example 1
Opponent: Current tax rates for the wealthy are 15% and tax rates for the average citizen are 45%, this is purely absurd.
Crafty Equation using candidate (Ceuc): Yes very well, but would you not agree that 15% = 1/15 to the negative first power %? And 45%=1/45 to the negative first power?
Opponent: Er... yes I suppose, but what does that have to do wi-
Ceuc: And is it not true that 1/15 is bigger than 1/45, three times bigger, in fact?!
Ceuc: Nay! I will have no more of your shameless lies, trying to fool these honest hardworking people. Nay! I shan’t allow you and your kind to con your way into tax hikes. Nay! I won't sit idly by whilst this proud country is ruined by...
edit Example 2
Ceuc: Now as we all know two wrongs do not equal a right, so conversely the opposite of this statement is that two rights do not equal a wrong. Now since the first statement is true, and the second statement is the opposite statement its truth value must also be opposite of statement #1, which is truth and the opposite of truth is fallacy. Therefore it is false that two rights do not make a wrong, and that two rights do indeed make a wrong. (insert name of country you wish to invade)has done nothing to us, a right, and if we respond by likewise leaving them in peace this would constitute as another right, hence creating a wrong. As a nation of strong morals we must avoid wrong doing and immediately invade this country.
Opponent: Are you insane?
Ceuc: I'll tell you what’s insane my opponent equals gay!
edit Famous Equations
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