Test Your Age Using Chocolate Maths
This test math test won't
N.B. Designed for 2012, but see footnote for other years.
Start the Chocolate Test
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 times.
2. Multiply this number by 2.
3. Add 5.
4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator
(Click Start button, run, calc.)
5. If you
have already had your birthday this year add
If you haven't
had a birthday, add 1764.
6. Now subtract the four digit year that you
You should have a three digit number.
The first digit of this was your original number. This is the number of times you want to have chocolate each week).
The next two numbers are:
YOUR AGE! (Oh
YES, it is!!!!!)
The above test is designed specifically for the year = 2015. However once you understand the principle, then you can amend for 2016 and
2015 use: 1765
2016 use: 1766 and 1765
2017 use: 1767 and 1766
Example where you choose 2
Chocolates a day = 2
2. 2 x 2 = 4
3. 4 + 5 = 9
4. 9 x 50 = 450
5. 450 + 1765 = 2215
6. 2215 - yyyy where yyyy = Year you were born.
- 1949 = 265 (No birthday this year yet)
7. 66 (in 266) = Two Chocolate a day choice, age 66
65 (in 265) = Age if born in 1949. (and no birthday
yet in 2015!)
Why does it work?
Part a) The number of chocolates per day
Multiply by 2 and later multiply
by 50 means multiplying by a total of 100. When the smoke clears:
1 x 100 = 100 (one choc)
2 x 100 = 200 so the first digit will tell the number of chocolates per day that you
Part b) The clever part comes from the relationship between 1765 and 2015, this is exactly 250. Do you remember adding 5? Well look back and see that 5 x 50 = 250. Another way of
looking at the figures is:
1765 + (5 x 50) = 2015
Will and Guy's
humour - Here is another test:
What Makes 100%?
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever
wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions: If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
AND, look how far obsequious will take you.
15+2+19+5+17+21+9+15+21+19 = 143%
one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's
obsequiousness that will put you over the top.
You may have
gathered that this joke has been censored, it's
what I call the Aunty effect. For the unexpurgated version see here.
I have to say that the
whole principle of assigning letters and therefore words a number, is ripe for modification. Have fun making up your own words and giving them values.