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Paul Bunyan versus the Conveyor Belt (1949)
William Hazlett Upson
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A clever "twist" on the usual Mobius band story. Answers the age old question: How can you win lots of money betting against poor saps who don't understand topology?

Contributed by Anonymous

I use this story with children in mathematics classes as an enrichment activity. they have paper and create the Mobius strip as the stroy is read so they can see what is happening and make predictions. it's a great enrichment!

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Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (4 votes)
Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)

MotifMobius Strip/Nonorientability,
MediumShort Stories,

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