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The BIG List of Calculator Words

June 11th, 2016 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in calculator tricks, Math Tricks

Ah yes, I remember my very first calculator I had.  I bought it when I was in grade school, and it cost me about 50 bucks – that was a LOT of money back in the 70’s (lol – I guess I am showing my age)!  I must have spent my newspaper route money that I was saving for months.  But hey, it was a CALCULATOR, and nobody else in class had one!  Yup, well worth the money.

calculator That old calculator needed a 9-Volt battery to operate.  Its only functions were addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  It did have one very special feature that I discovered – you could write dirty words on it!

 

I’m sure many of you have written words such as HELL and BOOBIES on your calculators when you were kids (or/and adults).  There were many words you can formulate on your calculator with the letters from numbers available.  The letters from numbers list is:

0=O or D 1=I 2=Z 3=E 4=h 5=S 6=P 7=L 8=B 9=G

 

 

The Dirty Calculator Words   Dirty Calculator Words Of course, I was only interested in the naughty words you could write on your calculator.  There were not many that I was aware of at the time.  It’s too bad I did not have a list of possible dirty words back then, but I will provide it to you:

BIGB00BS B00BIES B00B B00BS B00ZE HELL H0 LESB0

If you know of any more, or if there are any from other countries/languages, please post them below!   What follows is a list of possible words given the “letters” that are available on calculators.   Again, please post any others you can think of, English words or otherwise.

 

List of Possible Calculator Words  

B Words   be bed bedog beds beg begild begs behold beholds bel bes besoil bi bid bide bids big bile biles bilge bilged bilges bio biped bipeds bis bise bishop biz bled blip blips blog bo bode bodes bodies bog bogle bogs boil boiled boils bold bole bolide bolshie bop bos bosh       D Words   de deb del deli des despoil di die dies dig digs dip dipole dips dis dish dispel do doble doe does dog doge dogie dogs dol dole doles dope dopes dos dose doze dozes       E Words   ed edh ego egos eh el eld els epos es       G Words   ged gel geld gelid gels geo geoid geoids ghi gib gibe gid gie gild gilds gip glib glide glides glob globe globed globes globs glop go gob gobs god gods godship goes gold golds gos gosh gospel       H Words   he held helios help helps hep hes hi hid hide hides hie hip hips his hob hobs hod hoe hoes hog hogs hoi hold holds hole holed holes holies hop hope hoped hopes hopi hops hose hosed       I Words   i id ide ides idle idles idol idols ids il ipse is isle       L Words   le led leg legs lei leo li lib lid lido lids lie lied lies lip lips lis lisp lisped lo lob lobe lobes lobs lode lodes lodge lodges log loge logs lop lope lopes lose       O Words   obe obi oblige obliged obliges od ode odes ods oe oes ogle ogled ogles oh ohs oi oie oil oiled oils old oldies ole olid op ope ops os ose       P Words   pe ped peg pegs peh pes peso ph phi phiz pi pie pied pieds pies pig pigs pile piled piles pilose pis pish pleb plied plies plod pod pods pogs poh poi poise poised pol pole poled poles polis polish polished pose posed posh psi       S Words   se seg sei sel sh she shed shied shield ship shod shoe shoed shop si sib side sidhe sidle sigh sighed silo sip size sized sled sleigh slid slide slip slob sloe slog slop slope sloped so sob sod soi soie soil soiled sol sold sole soled solid sop soph sped spied spiel spile spoil spoiled       Z Words   zed zep zig zip zips

 

 

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The Baseball Conundrum

July 30th, 2014 by Steven Pomeroy | 5 Comments | Filed in Brain Teasers



 

 

The Baseball Conundrum

Here is a brain teaser that has taken several forms in the past, but I remember it as a baseball-themed enigma. Think about it carefully. You may think that your answer is a logical deduction, but it may very well be wrong. Also, if you do come across a store that charges such high prices, you may want to consider shopping elsewhere! So, anyway, the problem is:

If a baseball and baseball bat cost $110, and the baseball bat costs $100 more than the baseball, how much does the baseball cost?

The answer and explanation are below, but if you want a hint as to how to solve this puzzle, try to use a little bit of algebra in your reasoning – and try to solve it by using pen and paper!

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Answer and Explanation

The cost of the baseball is $5.00.

How did I solve this problem?  I wrote it out so that I can visually see what is going on (I can’t see it in my mind very well because it is clouded with such unsavory thoughts!):

ball + bat = 110

bat = 100 + ball

by substitution:

ball + 100 + ball = 110

Rearranging:

ball + ball + 100 = 110

2 balls + 100 = 110

2 balls = 110 – 100

2 balls = 10

And so:

1 ball = $5

So the real question here is, what is so special about the bat that would justify a price of $105?!!

 

 

 

 

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A Hong Kong Math Trick

June 9th, 2014 by Steven Pomeroy | No Comments | Filed in Math Tricks




 

Well, it seems that the Chinese government in Hong Kong has math tricks up their collective sleeves too! Here is a question taken from an elementary school admissions test in Hong Kong:

 

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Students were given 20 seconds to answer the question.  Try it for yourself.

 

If you are stumped, I’ll give you a hint that should help below . . .

 

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OK – If you turn the picture (or your head) upside-down, you should see a clue.

 

 

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