Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. But what happened when they got up there? They’ve been gone an awfully long time…
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Seems like forever since Jack and Jill’s unfortunate hill episode…
…but their bruises have finally healed, and Jill is ready to get back on the wagon.
Of course, we all know they didn’t really climb that hill to “fetch a pail of water.”
But Jill is looking to make a fresh, clean start.
This time, she has sworn to actually come back down the hill with water…
…and not just a dozen hickeys on her left shoulder.
So… how many harrowing trips is our lovely heroine going to need to make to the top of
the hill? Let’s start with the easy stuff. We know
there are 4 cups in a quart and 4 quarts in a gallon…
…so there are 16 cups in a gallon. And since the pail she needs to fill holds
4 gallons, we first multiply each of the four gallons by 16 cups to get the number of cups
needed to fill the pail. Since each trip will fill up 1 and a half
cups… … we can just divide 64 by 1.5 to get 42.7.
However, Jill can’t make a partial trip, of course.
Not one that results in getting a hold of water, anyway.
So we round up to 43. Speak of the devil - here she comes now, just
wrapping up trip number 43, and… … oh my.
It appears Jill has once again fallen victim to Jack’s irresistible charm.
We wouldn’t drink any of that water, if we were you.