Sometimes life serves a little bitter with the sweet. I was reminded of that when someone sent me a “fun” little math problem that’s been circling the internets recently. If you don’t like chocolate, I suppose you could substitute something like rutabagas or celery. Or Cheetos.
1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10*)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
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 1760. If you haven’t, add 1759.
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!
Supposedly, 2010 is the only year it will work, but I have no idea why. Maybe one of you math-y types can explain. (If so, please use as few syllables as possible and do not use the word hypotenuse at all.)
*To be ornery, I used a number higher than 10 and the result was a 4-digit number, with the first 2 digits being the original number and the second 2 digits reflecting my age. Why the insistence on using a number lower than 10 is beyond me. It forced me into a dishonest answer. The question was how many times I want to have chocolate each week, not how many times I should have it. (I’m a stickler for fine print, especially when it involves chocolate.)
So enough Fun with Math and Chocolate! I’m kind of weary of sweets right now, to tell you the truth. We had the neighborhood association’s annual Dessert Social last night, and I’m all sugared out. I’m sure I’ll get my bearings again for next week’s weekly brownie, but I’m sitting it out this weekend. (This should you clue you in on how extensive my dessert sampling last night really was, but what would you have done with a whole platter of those no-bake chocolate cookies in front of you? Ah-hah, I thought so.)
All this math and sugar-talk has given me a headache, so I’m off to find the aspirin and then try to do something useful. Hope you all have an awesome weekend!