What do you get when you cross a platypus and a long division problem?
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Question: A platypus eats 3/4 of a pound of worms each day. If a platypus has eaten 3 ounces of worms, what fractional part of its daily worm intake has it consumed?
Solution: There are 16 ounces in a pound. Since the platypus eats 3/4 of a pound of worms each day, that means it eats 3/4 of 16 ounces = 12 ounces of worms each day. If the platypus has eaten 3 ounces so far, it has eaten 1/4 of its daily intake of worms because 3 is 1/4 of 12.