How Many Geckos?

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The up and down arrow buttons snapped off the laptop Sunday during Star Wars Lego 2 demo.  I knew that more keys would spring free, so I laid down the law.

"Turn off the game, please."

"Aaagh, but Daaaaaad, we’ve got four mini-kit pieces, and we’ll lose them if we quit."

"Turn off the game.  The laptop is very expensive and out of warranty."

I wanted to help them understand the value of the laptop, but $2,000 is not significant to them. How do I get the message across?   

"How much is the gecko you’ve been saving for 5 months to buy?  Leopard_geckoLeopard_gecko


"How many times does 50 go into 2,000?"

. . . a thoughtful moment.  "40"

"The computer is like 40 geckos"

End of argument, Besides "Star Wars Tech" was on the History Channel.  (Any ideas on how I can use gecko’s to explain Microwave shielding and the death ray?)

Update: Yes, we will be getting an external keyboard already, just didn’t have one handy.

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