“I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher – not lower – than -8 but I’m not having it.” – Tina Farrell
I find this hilarious.
People are unable to work with negatives probably because they are not exposed to them that much in reality.
The concept of zero was only thought up much later than basic numbers and negative numbers later still.
In the everyday use of mathematics negative numbers have very little relevance.
Only in temperature are negatives used extensively.
In finance you talk about reducing your debt rather than increasing your balance, even though debt is a negative amount.
And in the UK, where temperatures are very rarely negative, it is perhaps excusable for those with little education in maths, the person quoted did not have a 16+ certification in maths, to have a lack of understanding of negatives, as they have little bearing on their everyday lives.
But even so, it made me giggle like a little girl when I read the above quote.
How people can be so wrong but at the same time totally convinced of their fallacious position.