Strange Seatings

Published by patrick honner on

While travelling in Portugal, I rode the trains several times.  But I never really figured out how they numbered their seats.

In two consecutive rows, the aisle seats are 61 and 62, and the corresponding window seats are 63 and 68?

I spent several long train rides trying to figure out the pattern; I succeeded only in annoying my travelling companion.

Categories: Appreciation

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York


Dan Meyer · November 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

“I succeeded only in annoying my travelling companion.”

I know exactly what you mean.

MrHonner · November 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

Generally speaking, I find a more receptive and enthusiastic audience at school.

JBL · November 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

My Portugese correspondent writes, “Right. I’ve tried to figure it out myself in countless train rides, and I have no idea either. Sigh. Crazy portuguese train makers…”

MrHonner · November 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

It certainly wasn’t an isolated incident, nor was it the only numerically confusing issue with Portuguese trains.

It’s comforting to hear that someone else has noticed.

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