Do you know someone who is reluctant to reveal their age? If so, ask them to play this “game of numbers” and you’ll know their age (if they play the game honestly—and you’ll know whether they did).
Use the Chocolate Math Formula to determine anyone’s age (including your own). A neighbor recently e-mailed me the formula, undoubtedly gleaned from the Internet. It works every time, and one can only speculate on how much time someone had on their hands in order to “formulate the formula.”
Special note: I took many liberties in making what I felt were improvements in the presentation of this posting. There is not even a fat chance (pun intended) that the Chocolate Math formula has been copyrighted, and trust me—my presentation is infinitesimally better than the one I received.
CHOCOLATE MATH FORMULA
Ask that person (the one reluctant to tell their age) to take the steps outlined below—you might want to suggest that they apply pen or pencil to paper in the process, or perhaps use a calculator.
1. Choose a number from 1 to 10 ( including the numbers 1 and 10)—this
should be the number of times you would like to have chocolate each week.
2. Multiply the number you picked by 2.
3. Add 5 to the total.
4. Multiply that total by 50.
5. If you have already had your birthday this year, add 1759—if you have not had your birthday this year, add 1758.
6. Now subtract the 4-digit year in which you were born.
You should now have a 3-digit number.
The first digit is your original number (the number of times you want to have chocolate each week).
The other digits tell your age—oh, yes, they do—don’t deny it!
This year, 2009, is the only year in which the formula will work, so spread it around for everyone to enjoy.
Oh, and here’s a helpful hint—chocolate is not a mandatory part of the formula. Chocolate can be replaced by the number of times the person would like to eat out each week, or leave work early, or be late for work, or bathe the dog, or have sex, or wash the car—the possibilities are limitless, and depend only on the circumstances under which the game is being played. Regardless of the commodity or activity used, the formula will always work.
Neat, huh? Or, as the younger generation might say, “Sweet!”