This week is MEA testing for Mark's class. (Kira's were last week.) One of the things that happens is that parents volunteer to send in snacks or drinks. Well, I volunteered to send in snacks *and* drinks for Mark's class. I chose Thursday, which is the only all-math day. Yes, I deliberately chose my day for snacks based on when they were doing math.

WORSE! I have now made up little snack-packs, each containing a small Gatorade, a Nature Valley granola bar and a trail mix pak. I put them into little brown-paper bags, and on each one I have stapled a slip of paper with a weird math trivia item on it. (ex. The billionth digit of pi is 9) I've made a little bag up for each kid plus the teacher.

Mark has just shaken his head and rolled his eyes at my geekiness. He did request that I drop off the snacks before school so no one would know who sent them.

Um, hate to break it to you, babe, but I'm pretty sure they'll alllllllllllll know. mk

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For any of my fellow-geeks, here are the trivia items I used:

*National Pi Day is March 14 at 1:59 (3/14 1:59)

*The largest prime number is 13,395 digits long;

More than the number of atoms in the universe.

*The billionth digit of pi is 9.

*If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc)

the total is 5050.

*111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,876,654,321

*There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

*2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end in 2 or 5.

*'FOUR' is the only number in the English language that is spelled with the same number of letters as the number itself.

*The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

*The largest number in the English language with a word naming it is a googolplex, which is 10

as 1 followed by a googol of zeroes.

*The fear of numbers is called arithmophobia or numerophobia.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is fear of the number 666.

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

*If you keep removing a digit from the right hand end of the prime number 73,939,133, each of the remaining numbers is also prime. It's the largest number known with this property.

*In the English language "forty" is the only number that has all its letters in alphabetical order.

*To multiply 10,112,359,550,561,797,752,808,988,764,044,943,820,224,719 by 9 you just move the 9 at the very end up to the front.

It's the only number that does this.

*The largest prime number is 13,395 digits long;

More than the number of atoms in the universe.

*The billionth digit of pi is 9.

*If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc)

the total is 5050.

*111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,876,654,321

*There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

*2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end in 2 or 5.

*'FOUR' is the only number in the English language that is spelled with the same number of letters as the number itself.

*The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

*The largest number in the English language with a word naming it is a googolplex, which is 10

^{10^100}, which would be writtenas 1 followed by a googol of zeroes.

*The fear of numbers is called arithmophobia or numerophobia.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is fear of the number 666.

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

*If you keep removing a digit from the right hand end of the prime number 73,939,133, each of the remaining numbers is also prime. It's the largest number known with this property.

*In the English language "forty" is the only number that has all its letters in alphabetical order.

*To multiply 10,112,359,550,561,797,752,808,988,764,044,943,820,224,719 by 9 you just move the 9 at the very end up to the front.

It's the only number that does this.

And in a perfect example of what a math geek I am, I had a very hard time putting * in front of each fact, because that is the computer symbol used for multiplication. Yes. Geek. I know.

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You are a rockin' math geek! One of your trivia things reminds me of a game/puzzle we do on the schooner called "Four is the magic number".

You have a person pick any number. Lets say they pick 18.

You then say:

18 is 8.

8 is 5.

5 is 4.

And 4 is the magic number.

Or, let's say they say 112.

You say:

112 is 16

16 is 7

7 is 5

5 is 4

and 4 is the magic number.

and so on...

Get it?

So obviously 'and' doesn't count. :D

I love that you did that.

He may act embarrassed - but I bet deep inside he really loves that you go the extra step.

Love it...and where's my complimentary snack pack?

(ro)

OK, now I'm freaking all out that I am not giving them enough food. Mark said today they had a veritable feast: apples, oranges, Smartfood, a box of saltines, pretzel sticks, three kinds of cheese, and two different flavors of gatorade.

Mark says what I've done is not enough food.

Spazzing here.

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