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Poor Peppermint Patty, she struggles hard to understand fractions, but fails every time. In this strip, her answer is very strange. Could you please translate it mathematically, and try to write something like "6/1 and 6/12"?
The joke is that the phrase is nothing to do with fractions. "Six of one and half a dozen of the other" sounds like something mathematical, but it is a phrase used to mean that two apparently different things are much the same as each other. A dozen is twelve, so half a dozen is six, which means that "six" is just the same as "half a dozen" and the phrase is just saying the same thing two different ways.
For example, ff someone asks, "Do you prefer your eggs scrambled or poached?", and you answer, "It's six of one and half a dozen of the other", then you're saying that you have no preference.