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Stupid Parlour Tricks

weather: light rain
outside: 7°C
mood: bored
There's this dumb Math trick that's been floating around for eons:
  1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have dinner out (try for more than once but less than 10).
  2. Multiply this number by 2.
  3. Add 5.
  4. Multiply it by 50 — I'll wait while you get the calculator.
  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 is your original number (i.e., how many times you want to eat out each week). The next two numbers are... YOUR AGE!

This is nowhere even near amazing. Look ('x' is the number you pick):

  50(2x+5) + 1754 - [birth_year]
= 100x + 250 + 1754 - [birth_year]
Then:
= 100x + 250 + 1754 - [birth_year]
= 100x + 2004 - [birth_year]

2004 - [birth_year] = your age, duh...

100x is your number shifted over two places to the left.

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twistedbunny
Jan. 9th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)
hahahah that was pretty cool!
bride
Jan. 9th, 2004 12:07 am (UTC)
Heehee... I love it when people screw up and forward a copy of this thing with numbers rigged for a few years ago. =D
razorw
Jan. 9th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
LOL. Small minds are easily amused. ;o) --Ray
bride
Jan. 9th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
I'm thinking to myself, "did NOBODY pay attention in highschool Math class?" =P
razorw
Jan. 9th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
LOL. Not really ... ;o)
ducks
Jan. 9th, 2004 06:50 am (UTC)
haha... this was cool when you were 8 years old and in elementary school.

(Also, there are only 7 nights a week, how can you have "dinner" out 10 times???)
bride
Jan. 9th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
It says "eat out", so that could be breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight =D
sertrel
Jan. 9th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
Clearly most people would rather think "that's amazing!" than stop and apply four minutes of high school freshman algebra to figure it out.

Of course, this applies to most things in life; people rarely think below the surface and ask, "how does this work?" about *anything*, be it science, or even social sciences. And it's not like it takes a freaking college-level of understanding to think about these things, even a high school level is enough to start delving beneath the surface... And here I'll stop before I start ranting about the lack of intellectual curiosity and application of education.
bride
Jan. 9th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)
And here I'll stop before I start ranting about the lack of intellectual curiosity and application of education.

*brings you a big soapbox* Rant on. And don't LJ-cut it. =)
karinakarina
Jan. 9th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
heehee! i <3 it when you do things like this.
bride
Jan. 9th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
*bow* Why, s'ank yoo =)
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