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Title text: I started off with countless problems. But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have "#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected" problems.
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Megan has made progress. While she started the day with lots of problems, she has entered those problems into a spreadsheet. This could allow her to resolve her problems and fix them more quickly. The humor lies in that none of the problems have actually been solved.
Title text is talking about how even her spreadsheet doesn't work because "#REF Circular Dependence detected" is a Microsoft Excel error meaning that a formula is using its own cell in the equation. This would be because the error is now also a problem that needs to be counted. How the circular dependence started in the first place is not clear. It is possible that this is a reference to counting the number of the problems is a problem itself. There is also a possible pun on "dependency." It's also possible Megan simply is not good at using her spreadsheet software. Megan appears to have used the "Count()" function knowing that it usually returns a numeric value, and has chosen to interpret the error message as a numeric value representing the number of problems she has. She originally stated that her problems were "countless", and the spreadsheet appears to have confirmed that they indeed cannot be counted.
- [Megan is sitting and looking at a laptop.]
- Megan: I started the day with lots of problems.
- Megan: But now, after hours and hours of work,
- Megan: I have lots of problems in a spreadsheet.
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