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People waste a surprising amount of money on gadgets and doo

People waste a surprising amount of money on gadgets and doodads that they hardly ever use. For example, my brother spent $25 on an electric ice cream maker two years ago, but he has used it on only three occasions. Yet, he insists that regardless of the number of times he actually uses the ice crea...


The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of d

The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated ...


In South Africa, the past two years broad economic recession

In South Africa, the past two years broad economic recession has included a business downturn in the clothing trade, where sales are down by about 7 percent as compared to two years ago. Clothing wholesalers have found , however, that the proportion of credit extended to retailers that was paid off ...


The main ingredient in every bottle of Dr. John's Milk of Ma

The main ingredient in every bottle of Dr. John's Milk of Magnesia is used by nine out of ten hospitals across the country as an antacid and laxative If this advertising claim is true, which of the following statements must also be true ? I. Nine out of ten hospitals across the country use Dr. John'...


Related to the previous passage , some observers have conclu

Related to the previous passage , some observers have concluded that the rise in the price of pepper means that the switch by some growers from peppers to cocoa left those growers no better off than if none of them had switched ; this conclusion, however, is unwarranted because it can be inferred to...


Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some

Partly because of bad weather, but also partly because some major pepper growers have switched to high priced cocoa, world production of pepper has been running well below worldwide sales for three years. Pepper is consequently in relative short supply. The price of pepper has soared in response : i...


Advertisement : Only White Bear gives you all day deodorant

Advertisement : Only White Bear gives you all day deodorant protection and the unique White Bear scent If this advertising claim is true, which of the following cannon also be true ? I. Red Flag deodorant gives you all day deodorant protection II. Open Sea deodorant is a more popular deodorant than ...


Advertisement : "You cannot buy a more potent pain reli

Advertisement : "You cannot buy a more potent pain reliever than RELIEF without a prescription" Which of the following statements is inconsistent with the claim made by the advertisement ? I. RELIEF is not the least expensive non prescription pain reliever that is widely available for sale II. Anoth...


Logical Argument Largemouth bass are usually found living in

Logical Argument Largemouth bass are usually found living in shallow waters near the lake banks wherever minnows are found There are no largemouth bass living on this side of the lake. Which of the following conclusions would logically complete an argument with the preceding premises given ? I. Ther...


Techniques to increase productivity in the performance of di

Techniques to increase productivity in the performance of discrete tasks, by requiring less human labor in each step of the production process, are widely utilized. Consultants on productivity enhancement point out, however, that although these techniques achieve their specific goal, they are not wi...


Any truthful auto mechanic will tell you that your standard

Any truthful auto mechanic will tell you that your standard 5.000 mile checkup can detect only one-fifth of those problems, that are most likely to occur with your car. Therefore, such a checkup is virtually worthless and a total waste of time and money Which of the following statements, if true, wo...


A recent study conducted by a national market research firm

A recent study conducted by a national market research firm reported that only 1 1 percent of college bound women would consider an all women's college. It is clear , therefore, that women's colleges must become coeducational if they are to survive Which of the following additional facts , if true, ...


In an effort to increase the number of taxicabs available du

In an effort to increase the number of taxicabs available during the hours from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, the Taxi Commission , which sets fares, has proposed a $ 1.000 per ride surcharge during those hours. This is unlikely to have any effect on the availability of taxis. The fleet owners who lease cabs ...


For the past five years, US consumption of eggs has decrease

For the past five years, US consumption of eggs has decreased. The National Egg Council plans to reverse this trend by launching an advertising campaign extolling the healthful benefits of eggs Which one of the following, if true, would provide the strongest support for the National Egg Council's pl...


A proposed ordinance required the installation in new homes

A proposed ordinance required the installation in new homes of sprinklers automatically triggered by the presence of a fire. However, a homebuilder argued that because more than ninety percent of residential fires are extinguished by a household member, residential sprinklers would only marginally d...