Everyone once in a while, I like to have fun with mathematics. For those wondering if this is even possible, I assure you it is. You see, mathematics is like no other subject you learn at school. There is no interpretation and you’re answer is either right, or wrong. No in-between.

So today, let’s see if we can have some fun with phone numbers. Humor me, and perform the following steps

- Find a calculator and type in the first three digits of your phone number. Don’t include the area code here … we’re only talking about 7 digit phone numbers.
- Multiply that number by 80
- Add 1
- Multiply the new number by 250
- Now add the last four digits of your phone number
- Go ahead and add those same four digits one more time
- Subtract 250
- Then divide the number by two

What’s left … we’ll if you did it correctly, you should see your seven digit phone number. Unfortunately, this is one of those tricks that you won’t be able to do in your mind, so it’s somewhat less cool an effective than others. However, it’s still pretty awesome that these rules work no matter what your phone number is (forgetting 000-0000). Who thinks up these things?

Now time to check out the best money articles from this past week.

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Thanks for the mention!

Fun number trick. Thanks for the mention.

By the way I checked out Get Currency – good stuff!

uhm, no duh it works every time.

Any 3-digit number that does all of these steps (minus adding the last 4 digits twice) equals that number, plus extra 0’s at the end.

“# Add 1

# Multiply the new number by 250

# Subtract 250″

So, basically the first an last step of these three cancel each other, because 1×250=250, 250-250=0.

# Multiply that number by 80

# Multiply the new number by 250

# Then divide the number by two

80×250=20,000. Divide by 2, it is 10,000.

So you are just multiplying your first 3 #’s by 10,000, and adding 2xlast 4 digits then dividing by 2 is the same exact thing as simply adding the numbers once.

So no duh, you multiply 123 by 10k, you’ll get 1,230,000 or 123-0000, you add the last 4 digits of your phone number (1234) and you get 123-1234. Calling this process “awesome” makes me not trust your financial advice at all, because if you can’t look at math like this elementary stuff and see that it is not some “trick” but just managing to add enough steps to make it LOOK like one, then how can you manage concepts like complex interest?

J

I guess you wouldn’t be interested in my post on the rule of 11?

How about the rule of 72 or 1,080,000?

Again, things I learnt in the 9th grade.