thedoc wrote:Getting back to the OP, have you checked out your microwave timer yet?

I did. Can't make your OP work. There is no concept of adding 50+50 on it. Mine can add 30, and some have a way to add 100, but never 50.

On the other hand, it can perform 140-50=50 by the input of 140 and stopping it after it runs 50 seconds, but according to microwave arithmetic, just because 140-50 is 50, it does not follow that 50+50 is 140.

It's like asking what would happen if I go back in time and killed my parents. You can argue about it all you want and give all these different answers, but in the end the question is simply invalid because I cannot in fact go back in time. Similarly, I cannot in fact add 50 seconds to my microwave time, so any answer given is a hypothetical answer anyway.

So the OP should have read something like: "50 + 30 = 120. What am I measuring?" My answer of fruit flies still works, but so does your microwave answer now.

How's that for an over-detailed analysis of something that really didn't require it?