**How to change numbers:**

- Take all the fours in the world, put them all together, and you have a meta-4.
- Pulverize a pound of eights and you have pile of particuleights.
- Seven and eleven are odd numbers, yet they are made mostly of even (s
**even**and el**even**). Take the evens out and replace them with the more fitting**odd**, and you have*sodd*and*elodd*. Please use these versions from now on. Thank you. - “Nine” sounds exactly like the German word for “no”. This is far too negative for a positive number. From now on, let’s leave off the
*e*, and call it “**nin**“. It will also help to immortalize the band*Nine Inch Nails (NIN)*, which will, in turn, help us to remember that it stands for 9. Of course, the band will have to drop the*e*as well. This will make them Nin Inch Nails, and they can get rid of the superfluous part and finally just be Nin. - From millipede to millennium, the prefix
*mill-*means thousand. Yet, we use it to denote a number 1,000 times greater than 1,000. From now on, we will be calling this number: 1,000 “one million.” Please adjust your math homework and test answers accordingly.

**Look how important spaces are!**

- My pen is love/My penis love
- Butterflies everywhere/Butter flies everywhere
- I have nobody/I have no body
- Drag one at boy friend/Dragon eat boyfriend
- Hero in danger/Heroin danger
- Government in action/Government inaction

**Times of the Sign:**

- I remember lying in bed one night and realizing that 9 times
*anything*equals a number whose digits add up to 9. EG: 9 x 8 = 72; 7 + 2 = 9, and 9 x 102 = 918; 9 + 1 + 8 = 18 and then 1 + 8 = 9. A practical use for this fact is when calculating 9 times a single digit number. If, like me, you never fully memorized your times tables, then whenever you are confronted with 9 x 7 you react by saying, “Uhhhhhhhh…” stalling while you slowly count by nines. But, now I simply use the 9x trick: 9 times any single digit number starts with one less than the number you are multiplying by and ends with a digit that will add up to 9. So, when I have to calculate 9 x 7 for the 3 millionth time, I think, “One less than 7 is 6 so the answer has to be 6 and whatever adds up to 9; 6 +3 = 9, so the answer is 63.” So 9 is a magic number. But what tricks are there for other numbers in the multiplication business? Let’s go right to one of the less obvious ones: - 11 x a single digit number just makes you write that number twice, so 11 x 2 = 22. But what about 11 x a two-digit number? Let’s call the number AB. 11 x AB = A(A+B)B. So, 11 x 53 = 583 (because 5 + 3 = 8). You just take the number, spread it apart & insert the number you get when you add up the two digits. So, for 11 x 41, we get 451 (since 4 + 1 = 5).

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