Mr. R.’s World of Math

Page 3: Mark of the Martian Matthews

Irving continued his story, “We tracked Matthew’s spaceship to Earth, and they sent me to retrieve him. Unfortunately, when I hit the atmosphere, my small spaceship melted into that thing you thought was a Mars rock, and I was trapped inside. But now that you’ve released me, I can try to bring one of Matthew’s descendants back to Mars so he can be punished for what his ancestor did. That’s the reason I’m looking for someone named Matthew. All martian Matthews always name their descendants Matthew too.”
“Wait, wait, wait,” I said, “First of all, you can’t blame Matthew’s ancestors for things he did! That’s not how we do things here on Earth.”
jail cartoon“Oh, but on Mars, we do that all the time! Once your family is found guilty, everyone in the family will always be born guilty!” he said.
“Well look around! You’re not on Mars!” I said sternly, “You have to follow the rules we live with here!” I looked at Matthew. He looked a little scared.
“Besides, Irving, even if you could use Martian justice here on Earth, which you can’t, there’s thousands of people named Matthew. How would you even know which Matthew is the Matthew you’re looking for?”
“Oh, I’ll know,” promised Irving.
“How?” I asked. 
“The Matthew I’m looking for will have the Mark of the Martian Matthews on his left knee.”
“What is the Mark of the Martian Matthews?” asked Maria. 
parachute avocado“All the descendants of the Martian Matthews have the Mark of the Martian Matthews on their left knee. It looks like a typical birthmark, but if you look closely you’ll see that it resembles an avocado flying through the air with a parachute.”
“How can anyone have a birthmark that resembles an avocado flying with a parachute?”

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