Party math: Are you a left brain or a right brain?

The world is divided into two kinds of people: left brains and right brians (see description).

So, I was recently at an event that was swanky enough to require me to wear pantyhose in 90degree heat. It was awful. No one was having a good time. Somewhere in the mumbles of small talk, a guest tapped their spoon to a glass and said “I have a party trick!”

You play along at home…

Think of two numbers:

*The year you were born
*The age you will be on Christmas Day of this year
Now add those numbers together.  (For example someone born in November 1982 would add 82+29)

 Have you got it? What is your magical number?

Abracadabrasiskbbombah, your magical number is 111!

Yes, somehow, everyone ends up with 111.

Right Brain Reaction: Holy cow, how did you know my number? Thatโ€™s amazing! OMG I have to tweet this ASAP!
Left Brain reaction: Um, thatโ€™s a simple math problem. I thought you said there was a party trick? 

So, are you a left brain or a right brain?


  1. says

    Initially I’m a right brain, but then my skeptic left side takes hold and I realize it doesn’t work for people born between Christmas and New Years.

  2. says

    I don’t get it… why does someone born in November 1982 add 82 + 29???

  3. Anonymous says

    At first I thought left brain, which doesn’t make a wink of sense, until I realized that grad school had beaten the righty out of me. Sadface.

  4. says

    So, the caption under the picture says left brain and right brian. Which brian are you?
    I guess I am left brain, but since I never took any liberal arts classes in college, I don’t know what that means. Does that mean I am no good at putting glitter on plastic dinosaurs? Ann I think I’ll go count my nutbirds, that might add up to 111.

  5. says

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  6. says

    I must be split brained. That’s just the coolest thing ever but now I want to know why. Why 111? Why not 112? Who made it be that way? Did they do it on purpose? Is there some significance to 111? If I knew exactly how it worked would it suck the magic out of it? Why have I never heard this before? Do other people know? Why do party tricks give me a migraine?

  7. says

    I found your blog quite by accident. You are hilarious. I now have your blog bookmarked as a favorite and have got to make me some coffee filter roses. You are a hoot and a half. Is that a southern phrase? I grew up in Mississippi.

  8. Anonymous says

    Unless you were born after xmas:
    84+26 = 110

    Incidentally, I love being a “tax deduction” baby, and this is part of the reason why. You get to break things! *evil laughter*

    (I was born the day before new years eve. This means that my daddy got to take a tax deduction for the whole of 1984, even though I was only around for a day of it. He says he would love me just as much had I been a new years baby, it was just a nice bonus ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  9. says

    Me and my humom are whole brain thinkers…we said “Wow, how did you know our sucky number,its boring, we want to change it?”

  10. says

    if you leave the 19 at the beginning it is the same as this year! 2011 wiiiild ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. says

    Math, on Monday? I think I need another brain option, like middle brainer? Haha, missed your blog and wanted to stop by and say hi!

    xo Mary Jo

  12. says

    that’s because it’s 2011 and everyone’s number is their birthyear plus their age. If you were born after 2000, then your number is 11 for this year. Next year in 2012, and every subsequent year after that, all the numbers will increase by one to 112 , or 12, (which indicates the year of 2012), to 113 or 13 (which still indicates the year of 2013) and so on and so on because everyone ages a year!

    but you probably knew that already… it’s fun to think about, thanks Peaches!

  13. says

    yeah this doesn’t work for anyone born between xmas and new years. it should ask you to add the age you will be on new years eve. and if you keep the 19 on your birth year, OF COURSE you get this year, since you’re taking your birth year and adding your age, i.e. the number of years that have passed until the present day which would be this year.

  14. says

    or if you are artist-brained (like my spouse…) you say “but I got 110”? and you say “well, it only works if you can actually ADD” and then it all turns into a big fight.
    ok, kidding about the fight.
    but not the math…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Mew Arunchayanon says

    i got 112 is it cuz its 2012?

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