How to Be Really Bad at Numbers

When confronted with a sum such as 9 + 8, use the following method to arrive at your conclusion:
9 + 8
= (10 + 10) – [(10 – 9) + (10 – 8)]
= 20 – [1 + 2]
= 20 – 3
= 15 + (5 – 3)
NB: feel free to use your fingers at this point
= 15 + 2
= 17
NB: you might want to just double-check on a calculator, whilst you’re at it.

Now factor in synaesthesia, whereby numerical values are represented by colours, and you have the following equation:
if 0 = white
and 1 = black
and 8 = purple
and 9 = brown
then:
black-and-white plus black-and-white minus black-and-white minus brown plus black-and-white minus purple equals … raise your hands? Anyone?
And open your textbooks to chapter four, “Calculating the Area Under a Curve.”

 

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