Silly math tricks

For some reason, these kind of math gimmicks always remind me of upside down calculator spelling. They’re amusing, but I really have to wonder who sits around and thinks these things up? Anyway, here’s what I just received via email from a friend (slightly edited):

“Chocolate mathematics”

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate. (Try for more than once but less than 10.)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (Just to be bold)

3. Add 5. (for Sunday)

4. Multiply it by 50.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1754. If you haven’t, add 1753.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number.

The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are:

Your age! (Oh yes, it is!!!!!)

This is the only year it will ever work, so spread it around while it lasts.

Incidentally, yes, it works.

7 Replies to “Silly math tricks”

  1. "This is the only year it will ever work, so spread it around while it lasts."

    Until next year when they resend this stupid forward zooming around the net with the equation slight adjusted so that it works then, too. I’m so glad my friends quit forwarding me this stuff. At least it’s not as bad as the "Forward this to 400 of your friends in the next 5 minutes or you’ll go bald by 30" type of crap I used to get from people.

  2. Yeah, I fully expect to see this next year slightly adjusted.

    The best email of this type that I’ve ever seen was one that had you think of the number 6, and then think of a vegetable– and when you scrolled to the bottom of the email, it accurately predicted what the vegetable was (a carrot). The trick there was the fact that 98% of the population associates a carrot with the number 6.

    Don’t ask me why.

  3. I used to make up formulas like that in my head when I was younger. Usually on long car or bus rides just to bug people. First I’d spit out a generic formula, they’d go "wow!" (lol), and then I’d ask them to make up an effect, and I’d taylor a formula and step them through it. I may have forgotten how by now though 🙂

    This will only work with non-cell phone, US West numbers in Bend.
    The tricky part is that it will also only work if the owner of the phone does the math; you can’t do it on their behalf :>

    * Take your age today (I don’t care when your birthday is)
    * Add the second digit of your 7 digit phone number
    * Add 96
    * Subtract the third digit of your phone number
    * divide by 37, throw away the remainder.
    * This is the first digit of your phone number.

    ph34r |V|3 heh heh

  4. WHY use 1754?
    Why would a person think to use that number??
    what is so wonderful about 1754 or 1755 or 1753 ??

  5. J,

    Notice that when you add 5, and then multiply by 50, 5*50 is 250. Add 1754 or 1755 to that and you’ll come up with 2004 or 2005, which will be the year of your last birthday. That’s why.

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