# Chocolate Mathematics

OK, I get these little e-mail puzzles once in awhile, I’m sure most of us do. Most of these things I can figure out if I scratch my head long enough. Either I haven’t scratched my head long enough, or I’m havine a bad math day, but I just can’t figure out why this one works. Any help out there?

CHOCOLATE MATHEMATICS

This is pretty neat how it works out. This is cool chocolate math!!!

DON’T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST! It takes less than a minute…

Work this out as you read. Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out! This is not one of those waste of time things, It’s fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate. (try for more than once
but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (Just to be bold)

4. Multiply it by 50 I’ll wait while you get the calculator…

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number.

The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are …

YOUR AGE! ~ ( Oh YES, it IS!!!)

THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.

Hmm …

OK… the chocolate # is X, and my age is Y…

X
2X
2X+5
50(2X+5) = 100X + 250
100X + 250 + 1754
100X + 250 + 1754 - (2004 - Y)
100X + Y

If you didn’t have your birthday yet, your age is just one less, so subtract 1 from all that, which is accomplished by using 1753 in step 5.

Now, 100X is going to look like X00. If X is 8, then 100X is 800, etc. Adding any 2-digit number Y will just replace the zeros with that number. 