Think of a number   1 comment

submitted: Roddy Hamilton

Ask everyone (including adults)  I suggest you do it now as you read this to prove me right.
Think of a number between 1 and 9
Multiply that number by 9
You should have a number with two digits.  All them together ie 18 means add
the 1 and the 8
Subtract 5
You are left with a number
If 1 is A, 2 is B, 3 is C, 4 is D etc think of a country beginning with the
letter that corresponds to the number
Think of an animal that begins with the second letter of that country’s name
Think of the colour of the animal

Hands up everyone who is thinking of a grey elephant from Denmark?
I bet most of you are and so will most of your congregation

The point:  We all think we’re so different (churches, ideas, morals) but to
God we’re really all very alike so why do we go on exaggerating the

How it works.  When you multiply a number by nine, and you add the two
digits together, you’ll always get 9.  So you’ll always be left with 4 when
you subtract 5.  Most people can only think of one country beginning with D
ie Denmark (unless the US know more about the Dominican Republic) and most
people think of Elephants that are grey.
Everyone is amazed by it and they certainly won’t remember the sermon.


Posted November 19, 2010 by dgbmcc in General, Maths/ Numbers

One response to “Think of a number

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  1. Thanks! Going use this as part of a kids talk using the Christian aid Lent leaflet – this week’s focus is Education so it is a good lead in….

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