Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Numbers are Amazing

Einstein used numbers to prove many of his theories. Our Government is run on numbers. Our politicians make decisions and run campaigns on numbers.

We would all love BIG numbers when we look at out bank accounts. It is strange how numbers can be interpreted and managed. I got this  one in an e-mail:

Your shoes can tell you your age, try this and see:

· 1. Take your shoe size.(only whole sizes)

· 2 . Multiply it by 5.

· 3. Add 50.

· 4. Multiply by 20 ...

· 5. Add 1012.

· 6. Subtract the year u were born…

· The first digit is your shoe size while the last 2 digits are your age..

If you didn't do that, it really doesn’t matter, a lot of folks shy away from numbers, that’s okay. Here is a simple one I used with teen agers:

Announce: You are going to pick a number and manipulate it in your head, so pick a simple number (or hard number) according to how good you are with mental gymnastics.

1. So go ahead pick a number, do not SAY it aloud. (It doesn’t matter but they do not now that.)

2. Add 100

3. Subtract 50

4. Now add 14.

5. Subtract your original number.(the key)

6. Divide by 8

7. Multiply by 2

8. Add 6

9. Subtract 1.


Of course you have 21 in the case above.

(The answer changes according to the amount of gyrations the magician can keep up with himself).

This is a simple ‘magic’ trick of misdirection. The audience is ‘NORMALLY’ so engrossed in the math they do not notice the magician has, oh so shrewdly, erased the origin a number from the equation, at this point every one has the exact same number in their head, no matter what number they started with. They have only the figures the magician has in his head.

Since this is simple thing, you must only add and subtract until you  say “subtract your original number” (UP TO THAT POINT YOU CAN ONLY ADD OR SUBTRACT OR THE FORMULA WILL NOT WORK)

Once the original number is subtracted the performer can do anything add, subtract, divide or multiply, because the audience has only the numbers he has supplied. 

I like numbers, I count steps, there are about 2000 steps in a mile. Taking my pulse I count the beats for ten seconds and multiply by 6.

SHERRY TELLS ME THIS FACT IS IMPORTANT.                                                        IF WE HAVE  $253.25 IN THE BANK, I cannot spend $500.00. SHE IS SUCH A PARTY POOPER.

(I thought for sure as long as we had checks we could write one! LOL)

Thanks for stopping by the log.  If you don’t like numbers, come back again. I won’t be using them again.

Nite Shipslog


NEVER tell more than you know.



This is a Ford day. At Bings, ‘52  or ’53 at the pumps and the guys are leaning on a 1950.(I believe that is a push button door handle I see)


Louis la Vache said...

Jack, nothing stops the Obama administration from spending more than it has. Why not use them as inspiration and go on a spending spree?! The Gutless Old Party does nothing to stop Obama, so why would Sherry stop you? The inquiring mind of «Louis la Vache» wants to know!

Neat service station photo. «Louis» likes those early '50s Fords. Bob Bourke who styled the splendid '53 Studebaker Starliner had a hand in the styling of that generation of Fords.

Elizabeth said...

I tried the 1st one and it worked, it is amazing!

shirl72 said...

I tied the numbers and now I am
16. You tell me to spend, spend
spend so you can do the same and
tell Sherry to spend. You said
you was not going to get a U-haul
and let me take my money with me.
I love shopping even when I don't need anything. Names of the game
is spend.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Somehow we cannot get along with out numbers for sure. My bank account will soon be minus a couple of numbers as the battery in the car died today. I need a new one and they had to order it so tomorrow we'll be up and running again. One of the things about the cold weather we've been having, it drains batteries. Especially when you don't drive the car often. Hope you are all well and happy there in sunny Florida!

Jean said...

I will try the numbers when I can find my calculator I can't do it in my head. Lol. I think I might be getting old'der. It's cloudy here but not cold. I'm waiting on my flexible water hose that I ordered a while back to come so I can do some outside cleaning. We have hoses’ but they are heavy to pull around and they said this one is so light. We'll see!. Take care. Jean

Chatty Crone said...

I do love numbers. Funny you are giving away a magic trick. And I like Louis reply - why not Obama does? lol Good one.

Paula said...

I think Sherry is on to something, listen you her.

Jackie said...

I love numbers, too.
I have heard of these number "tricks" before, but I had never stopped to think about the logic behind them. I went through the formula step by step and understand the reasoning now. So kool!!
Sherry is a mathematical genius.
I'm sure that she is a genius in all areas; you two sound wonderful together.
Hugs to you both.

betty said...

It worked with guessing my age with the numbers, but since I'm a lady and a lady never tells her age......but it did work!

LOL with thinking if you had checks you still had money. Son said that years ago when I told him we didn't have money for something. He said "just go to the bank and use your card and get some more". I had to explain we had to put money in the bank before we could keep taking it out :)

2000 steps in a mile; pretty impressive counting!