Thursday, February 24, 2005

Encourage people to learn math!

As I see it, the problem is those brief TV news spots where they tell you the winning six or seven digit number for the day. Congress should pass a law requiring those numbers to be revealed indirectly. Like this:

“Okay, today’s winning number – the first two winning digits, taken as a number, are the sum of Anne and Bob’s ages. Anne is twice as old as Bob. Ten years ago, Anne was three times as old as Bob. Third winning digit: Reverse the digits of your age and subtract the smaller of these two numbers from the larger. (If your age has less than two digits, how did you buy a lottery ticket?) Add the digits of the result together. The fourth winning digit is the radius of a circle that fits inside a triangle with the following dimensions; etc. ..."

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