Home > Humor of the Week Archive Detail

<< Prev 12/7/2008 Next >>

Calculator "Inverse" - Part II


This is more of what was discussed earlier (11/9/2008), but perhaps with a little more humor added to it.

When you invert a calculator readout, you hopefully can make these associations: 0 - O, 1 - I, 2 - Z, 3 - E, 4 - H, 5 - S, 6 - G, 7 - L, and 8 - B...with a creative bent to your vision.

Read each of the following clues, do the associated calculation on your calculator, and then rotate your calculator 180o to find the answer.

  • What did Amelia Earhart's father say the first time he saw her flying an airplane by herself?
    [(.023 x 3) + 10,141] x 5
  • What did the cannibal cook say when asked if the minister was ready for supper?
    2 x [(6 x 4759) + 0.17]
  • What did Farmer McGregor throw at Peter Rabbit to chase him out of the garden?
    [4 + (27 x 109) - 0.027] x 18
  • What did the Red Baron put into Snoopy's house?
    [(101 x 32) + 50] x [by each whole number greater than 6 but less than 9]
  • What did the queen hide behind her fan as the emperor walked by in his new clothes?
    (47.5 x 2 x 20 x 200] - 81
Again, these examples may be stretching the word "humor" ...but they are creative. Challenge your students to make up some of their own "questions" of this type...send them to me and I will try to include them on this web site.

Source: Karen Beisse et al, OCCE Special Report, May 1976, p. 4