Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Role Models

A friend sent me a goofy email. I did the math and got the silly answer and then noted that there wasn't a single female name on the list of role models, except for my friend's. Disturbing.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL???


Try it without looking at answers

1) Pick your Favourite number between 1-9

2) Multiply by 3 then

3) Add 3, then again Multiply by 3

4) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number….

5) Add those digits together.

Now Scroll down ..............

Now with that number see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below :

1. Einstein


2. Nelson Mandela


3. Jacob Zuma


4. Tom Cruise


5. Bill Gates


6. Gandhi


7. Brad Pitt


8. Hitler


9. My female friend


10. Barack Obama

Cross posted on my blog.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wheeeee my number was 9

8:35 PM  
Blogger TamerTerra said...

I ended up getting 9, too. ^_^

(got here via a link at racialicious to the 'feigning deafness' post)

11:21 AM  
Blogger hybrid said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news...but this is totally rigged. The result always comes out to a multiple of 9, so the digits will add up to 9 no matter which number you originally select, leaving 9 as the only possible answer.

In one way, this is kind of comforting, though, because none of the other nine answers mean anything anyway.

I'm such a nerd that I actually worked out all of the math, in case anyone is curious:

1 -> 3 -> 6 -> 18, 1 + 8 = 9
2 -> 6 -> 9 -> 27, 2 + 7 = 9
3 -> 9 -> 12 -> 36, 3 + 6 = 9
4 -> 12 -> 15 -> 45, 4 + 5 = 9
5 -> 15 -> 18 -> 54, 5 + 4 = 9
6 -> 18 -> 21 -> 63, 6 + 3 = 9
7 -> 21 -> 24 -> 72, 7 + 2 = 9
8 -> 24 -> 27 -> 81, 8 + 1 = 9
9 -> 27 -> 30 -> 90, 9 + 0 = 9

Step 4 never results in a three-digit number unless you expand the "favorite numbers" list to numbers > 9. The formula still works, though:

25 -> 75 -> 78 -> 234, 2 + 3 + 4 = 9

Eventually, the result number in step 4 will start adding up to 18 instead of 9, so there would need to be an extra step in the original problem to reach the magic number, if starting values > 9 were allowed:

317 -> 951 -> 954 -> 2862 > 2 + 8 + 6 + 2 = 18, 1 + 8 = 9

This would expose the trick, of course, but you can actually work out the step 4 number much more quickly - just add one to your original number and multiply by 9:

19 -> 20 -> 180, 1 + 8 = 9

instead of:

19 -> 57 -> 60 -> 180

Yeah, I like math, what can I say. :-)

2:10 PM  

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