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How to Sign a Riddle in ASL: Math Magic


Math…those numbers…algebra, geometry, calculus ugh conglomeration! Either you are the kind madly in love, with a passion, working with numbers, Or like me loath it, are lousy with it and just plain stink at math. Regardless I want to share something my grandfather taught me when I was growing up. He loved telling this riddles using numbers. Reflecting back, I must gift this memory forward that I now dearly treasure. Welcome to One Fact ASL! Hello! First name is Tammy. Last name is Carpenter. Name sign is as follows. This is just a quick drill with numbers. Should you already know your numbers skip ahead. Going to do a fast review with no explanation behind the numbers or any details. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 or 25 26 27 28 29 30 Each digits is signed for numbers above 30. For example..39 42 68 84 100 [C=100] Alrighty Then! We got this. Let’s practice the vocabulary coming up next. T-H-I-N-K Think Or reason, dwell, consider… Or brainstorm, meditate, wonder… Or mull, chew… Or noodle around… Cudgel one’s brains…think. E-N-V-I-S-I-O-N Envision Or I behold, fancy, imagine something. Or conceptualize, conceive, think up G-U-E-S-S Guess Or assumption, belief, hunch… Or a shot in the dark..guess. P-I-C-K Pick Or Opt for, choose… Or pull, draw… Or settle on, single out, pluck..pick. D-O-U-B-L-E Double Or twice Or two times Or as much again..double. A-N-S-W-E-R Answer Or feedback, reply… Or report, remark…. Or reaction… Answer [sign for equal] Or is, tally, the same Or equivalent, amount to, reach… Answer or equal. M-A-T-H Math Or mathematics Or calculation N-U-M-B-E-R Number Or figure, estimate… Or tote, amount..numbers. S-T-A-R-T Start Or begin, kick off… Or get underway, commence..start. H-A-V-E Have Or possess, bear, own..have. M-U-L-T-I-P-L-Y Multiply Or product, per, of… Multiply [rotationally symmetric saltire] Multiply [dimension sign] Dot product [scalar product] Multiply dot 2 x 3=6 2 x 3=6 2 x 3=6 A-D-D Add Or increase, sum, plus… Or plus sign Or more than, sum.. Or altogether Add them up. 4 + 6=10 4 + 6=10 Four plus six is the sum of ten. D-I-V-I-D-E Divide Or the quotient of.. Or split into.. Or cut into for evenly distribute Or obelus sign [dot slash dot] Division Divide Or fraction 25 over 4 25 divided by 4=5 [Stay in school Tammy] 25 divided by 4=5 [Please tell me you do not homeschool your children!] 25 divided by 4=5 [Bloody hell! You do stink at math!] H-A-L-F Half 1/2 A half Or Split right down the middle. Or two even groups. 1/2 S-U-B-R- [She can’t speel either.] S-U-B-T-R-A-C-T Subtract Or decrease, difference… Or minus sign Or negative sign Or withdraw, take away… Or remove, decline by.. 3 – 1=2 3 – 2=1 3 – 2=1 Whewee! That was a lot of math for today! Lets move on right into the lesson! I want you to pick, think of, or guess a number. Have it? Ready? Now go ahead and double that number. Done? Add six to it. Task completed? Split the sum dividing it by two. Recall the original number to begin with? Subtract that from your total. And your answer is….THREE Am I right? Right? Yup always right! [Sweetheart, what was 25 divided by 4 again?] Answer was 3! Need proof? Fine! Can do! Prime for evidence? Whoa! Hold your horses! Patience. Bear with me! Let say we pick the number 5. Set to go? 5 x 2 + 6/2 – 5=3 Okay mister! 5 x 2=10 Increase by 6 gives us 16. Split it by division of 2 makes 8. Subtract the first number being 5, we have a total of three! [Not bad Tammy.] Again The number six hundred eighty-two. Multiply by two leaves us with one thousand, three hundred sixty-four. Tack on six more gives one thousand, three hundred seventy. Cut in half makes six hundred eighty-five. Minus the original six hundred eighty-two the sum is? THREE again! Envision the number 99. 99 x 2=198 Add 6 is 204. Divide by 2 equals 104. [Ugh not again!] [Meant 102 not 104!] 102 – 99=Answer is..1…2…THREE! [She’s so sexy!] Gonna try 11. Double the 11 we have 22. Bring together 22 and 6 we get 28. [Had me on the edge of my seat there!] The quotient of 28 cut in half is 14. [Whew!] 11 subtracted from 14 is….tada 3! Hmm 258. Yup indeed 258! [Come again?] Give this riddle a shot yourself and you will discover the answer is always a three! Three! Tree! Tres! Trois! [We get it, bloody 3!] 258 [Sign the number 258 quickly they appears to be the words “very interesting” thus the deaf slang of 258.] Godspeed!

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