Junie's Place: Your Age By Chocolate Math!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Your Age By Chocolate Math!

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I got this in an Email and was AMAZED! Well, it doesn't take a whole lot to amaze me anyway (you've probably noticed) but you DO THIS and tell me if you're not amazed too! ;)

And can someone explain to me how this could possibly work out like this for everyone?

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Your Age By Chocolate Math!

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>>DON'T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!
>>It takes less than a minute.
>>Work this out as you read.
>>Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!
>>This is not one of those waste of time things. It's fun.
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>>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)
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>>2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
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>>3. Add 5
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>>4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator
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>>5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756 ....
>>If you haven't, add 1755.
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>>6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
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>>You should have a three digit number
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>>The first digit of this was your original number
>>(I.e., how! many times you want to have chocolate each week).
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>>The next two numbers are
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>>YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)
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>>THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2006) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND
>>WHILE IT LASTS.



Junie

(Amazed and Bewildered!)

15 Comments:

At 6:55 PM , Blogger PEA said...

I got this in an email a couple of years ago and I, too, was completely amazed how it turned out correct! I still don't know how comes it works out every time...hope someone has the answer!! lol

 
At 7:04 PM , Blogger JunieRose said...

:)

Would take someone a lot smarter than ME to figure it out! hahaha

...But I bet there's a simple explanation of how it works!

Junie

 
At 8:02 PM , Blogger Peter said...

Hi June, I've also done it before so I don't think the warning that this is the only year it will work is right.... but the results are spot on.

 
At 8:08 PM , Blogger JunieRose said...

Hi Peter,

Yah- I wondered about that...this being the only year it would work!

Still- it's a big mystery to me how it could work like this!

( LOL- at least this gave everyone a break from my SANTA and Christmas postings! heehee)

Junie

 
At 8:34 PM , Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Junie
Ive also had this Email quite a while ago and was amazed how it worked, Take Care

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger JunieRose said...

Jan,

:) It's really weird - Wish someone could explain it!

Junie

 
At 9:02 PM , Blogger Mr Moonlight said...

how comes it works out every time.

Quite simple, really. It tricks you into doing what is percieved as complex mathematics, but really just gets you to a certain number before you subtract your birth year. That number is 2x06, with x being the number of times you 'wanted chocolate' ... if you said 2 then the number would be 2206, if you said 7 then the number would be 2706 ... and so on ...

The 'times wanting chocolate' number is then cancelled out, leaving the number(year)2006. Then its just a matter of subtracting your birth year from 2006 ... and voila! ... your age :)

While I was never an algebra whiz (always got D's in school:(, this is the formula that I came up with:

(X*2+5)*50+1756

.... with X being whatever number of times you wanted chocolate. And this will work next year and the year after and the year after that, ad infinitim. Next year just change the 1756 to 1757.

Ain't Math fun ??? :)


MM

 
At 11:16 PM , Blogger Sue said...

Wow! That was quite the math explanation, but then everyone wanted it explained didn't they!
:)

 
At 12:16 AM , Blogger mreddie said...

This just makes me want the chocolate - in syrup form - on top of some high quality vanilla bean ice cream and maybe throw in some walnuts. :) ec

 
At 12:52 AM , Blogger Mr Moonlight said...

but then everyone wanted it explained didn't they!

Yah, sorry to give away Houdini's secrets and spoil the magic, but hey there it is.

I always loved doing math puzzles, even though I was never any good at math in school (all D's, with only two A's -- in Accounting of all things!)

Things like this particular puzzle can be separated into several parts --- a specific number that the author designs for you to arrive at (number 2006 here), then interspersing with distracting items which you think are unique to yourself (number of times you want chocolate, your birth year), and then cancelling out the chocolate want digit before subtracting year of birth from number 2006.

It's all logic really, and when broken down into its component parts it basically is saying 'subtract 2006 from your birth year' ... Hence, your current age.


btw, the first time I did this puzzle it overestimated my age by 20 years .. was about to respond to the post as "THIS IS BUNK!", but then I noticed that I subtracted a number wrong (by 20) ... told ya that I was a D math student !!! LOL



MM

 
At 9:55 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

MM

Thanks for explaining this!

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Although I STILL wanna believe in magic!! ;)

Junie

 
At 9:56 AM , Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

I've seen this before; but darned if it still doesn't amaze me. I know there's a simple solution as to why it works out every time...but, I liked to be amazed!

 
At 9:58 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Sue,

Thanks for reading this and commenting!

....so now we know! :)

Junie

 
At 10:01 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Joy,

lol- I liked believing in the magic of this!

...so now we know everything can be explained!

Junie

 
At 10:03 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

ec,

;) Yah- the chocolate part is what caught my eye, too!

Junie

 

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