Rationally, no one should be happier about a score of 96 out of 137 (70 percent) than 72 out of 100, but my students were. And by realizing this, I was able to set the kind of exam I wanted but still keep the students from grumbling.
Statistics are easy: All you need are two graphs and a leading question.
Satisfaction is a product not of where you are, but of where you’re going. To get calculistic, it ain’t about your value, it’s about your first derivative (and maybe your second). In this light, statements like “When x happens, I’ll attain happiness” don’t make sense, but ones like “While x is happening, I’ll be happy” make somewhat more.
“Before a game of tournament Scrabble, the tiles being used that game are set out on the board, so that people can make sure that none are missing. One typical way of doing this is to make four 5×5 groups of tiles in the corners of the board… Dan Stock has recently determined that it’s possible to use the 100 tiles in a Scrabble set to form four 5×5 word squares where all the entries are Scrabble-legal.” [via jessamyn on twitter]