Math and Chocolate

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!

14 thoughts on “Math and Chocolate

  1. Those little math teasers are amazing. How do they know that about me? And, who are “they”?

    You, too, have an awesome weekend!

  2. Hi Cammy ~ I came to your blog after reading (and liking) your comments on Genie’s and Karen’s blogs for the past few weeks. I admire your for the way you’ve changed your life after long repetition of diet-gain. We have some things in common, although I’m only 34 days into changing my life by not overeating any more (she says optimistically)… I’m particularly interested in this post because I have huge chocolate issues… like how many times a minute do I want chocolate would be the only question that I could answer with a number under 10. I posted about it here: Thanks for the inspiration… You give me great hope!
    .-= Peacefulbird´s last blog ..Blogger’s Confession =-.

  3. Math and chocolate together. Who would have thought?

    I used to love those no bake cookies. My friends always made them and she called them “clunks”…brings back memories.

    Hope your head is feeling better!
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Slice of Life Giveaway =-.

  4. Ha! This is funny! My math major daughter just did this and it worked perfectly. She only chose 5 as the number of times to have chocolate – I would have picked 9!!

  5. Well, I am not the biggest chocolate fan so I did not have to worry about the over 10 number. Now, those no bake cookies, that I would have to worry about! :-)

    Have a great one!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Saturday Funny! =-.

  6. It totally cracks me up that you and I both had chocolate on the brain with our posts. I can’t decide whether calculating my running distance in hershey chocolate bars show how far i’ve come or how far I have to go. Hmmm. :)

  7. I am SO not a math person – believe me – but these types of problems always fascinate me. :)
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..It’s NOT all about the pounds lost!!! =-.

  8. i don’t do math.

    but i do do chocolate..Just, not today. Or yesterday. Maybe not tomorrow..we shall see:)

    have a great weekend!

  9. Alright. I’m going to be that guy. I love math, and I’m not a big fan of chocolate :) First of all, just to make Cammy happy, you may eat chocolate as many times as you want per week. It will still work. Second of all, this doesn’t work if you’re over 99 years old! Discrimination!

    To explain this, I’ll use myself as an example. I’ll eat chocolate 2 times a week, and I’m 35. So after I do all the calculations, my answer is 235. If I were trying to design this problem, I’d want to have my age as the last two digits and then scoot the number of times I wanted chocolate over two places. I do this my multiplying my number by 100.

    In other words, 100 * 2 + 35 = 235. I made room for the 35 by scooting the two over two decimal places. All the steps above ensure that no matter what your age and desire to eat chocolate, it will always turn into 100 * chocolate number + age.

    For those of you who can handle a couple variables:

    n = number of times you want to eat chocolate
    a = your age

    The final result can be written 100n + a.
    Here are the steps.
    1. Pick your number (n)
    2. Multiply by 2 (2n)
    3. Add 5 (2n + 5)
    4. Multiply by 50 (50(2n + 5))
    5. Add 1759 or 1760 (50(2n + 5) + 1760)
    6. Subtract birth year (50(2n + 5) + 1760 – 1974)

    Simplify: 100n + 250 + 1760 – 1974
    100n + 2010 – 1974
    And 2010 – my birth year gives me my age
    100n + a

    Wow, I wrote way more than I intended to. I hope that made sense to at least one person.


  10. Glad that last poster explained it, or I would have had to accuse you of witchcraft. Whew!

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