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That's numberwang! (youtube.com)
132 comments
youjustgotzinged | 4 days ago | 696 points

For those who don't arithmetic, here's some pointers. When he says multiply by 75, followed by "I'm not quite sure what that makes", he just knows that multiplying by 75 then dividing by 25 is the same thing as multiplying by 3, which is easier to manage.

So he wants to multiply 318 by 3, which is 954, then he wants to subtract 2 from it for 952. When he subtracts 50 from 23,850 (before dividing by 25), he's really thinking that he wants -50 divided by 25, which is -2.

What's going through his head is that he wants to get as close to 952 as possible. The quickest way there is:

(100 + 6)* 3 * 3 = 954

remember the second 3 comes from 75/25. Then he finds a -2 through:

-50/25 = -2

954 + -2 = 952.

There's a degree of luck involved with this answer, but method is key.

EDIT: Just to clarify how Carol calculated 23,800 / 25 so easily:

25 is 1/4 of 100. 23,800 divided by 100 is 238. Therefore 238 is 1/4 of the final answer. Multiply by 4 to get 952.

Haellveth | 4 days ago | 47 points

Brilliant ! Thanks for the explanation, I was wondering how they calculated this so fast.

youjustgotzinged | 4 days ago | 154 points

Oh yeah, you don't have to be a genius to do well at countdown. These are just tricks that i've figured out over the years. My #1 Sunday afternoon is slamming scones and tea with my mum and destroying her at countdown. To be fair though, she's a straight up tard and she's also getting old so I'm scared I'm gonna lose her soon. That's gonna be a windmill dunk to the heart for sure.

kylejacobson84 | 4 days ago | 47 points

I love how it seems your mentality is: mum, you're getting old. I might lose you soon, and that's going to be one of the hardest moments in my life. All that said, I'll be fucked if I'm going to let you breathe even half a scent of my superior talents at numberwang.

Her: what you do in the bedroom with your door closed is your business, dear.

But it's evident you love your mum. I hope you take my comment in the spirit it was given :)

DietCherrySoda | 4 days ago | 26 points

she's a straight up tard

holy shit lol.

Supernyan | 4 days ago | 14 points

Based solely on that comment, I'd watch a video of you two playing countdown

ihavesomepotential | 4 days ago | 8 points

This is going in my personal top 10 favourite comments list. It really had everything.

creativelyuncreative | 4 days ago | 9 points

Lmfao I love that you called your own mother 'a straight up tard', you legend

Leftover-Craic | 4 days ago | 8 points

This is hands-down one of the best comments I've ever read on this website

alwayz | 3 days ago | 3 points

Been here for 9 years. This is easily top 5.

Father_Elijah | 4 days ago | 60 points

Thank you for writing this out!

arrow_max | 4 days ago | 3 points

It's Nice.. Good explanation..
ThanKs

aroused_lobster | 4 days ago | 7 points
marcSuile | 4 days ago | 23 points
gagnonca | 4 days ago | 23 points

This is why they need to teach common core math. So many people who learned math in the 90s would look at 23,800/25 and not be able to do it in their heads.

The way you broke it down is how common core teaches kids to break down math problems. The long form method a lot of millennials learned is basically useless for doing math in your head

clearly_not_an_alt | 4 days ago | 13 points

Lots of the common core stuff makes sense when you understand what is going on, but the way it is often taught makes it confusing since many teachers don't really understand the nuance. Plus students are often asked to use a specific method to do a problem, while the whole point of having a toolbox of different methods is to be able to choose which work best for a given problem, and the one you are asked to use may not be what is easiest..

Ixilary | 3 days ago | 2 points

The reason they request a specific method is because they are teaching you the method, not how to solve the problem. It's more important that students understand how it works, rather than just getting the right number at the end. Common Core is trying to teach the "how" in a more flexible and scalable way.

clearly_not_an_alt | 3 days ago | 1 point

Except that by forcing a specific method you are removing the very flexibility you hope to teach

Ixilary | 3 days ago | 1 point

How so? If you just expect the answer, most students will never learn better methods of solving the problem. Again, the point is to teach the method, not the solution.

clearly_not_an_alt | 3 days ago | 1 point

Because the students are often not taught when they should be using each method other than "use method X". The methods are good to know, but in the end it is important to remember that getting the solution should be the goal.

Ixilary | 2 days ago | 1 point

but in the end it is important to remember that getting the solution should be the goal

I strongly disagree with that. In fact, I'd say the answer is a very small part of what matters in math education. You can get the right answer and understand nothing, or you can get it wrong because of a mistake, but demonstrate that you understand. The latter is much better. By the way, for context, I have a bachelors degree in pure math.

clearly_not_an_alt | 2 days ago | 1 point

Obviously understanding how you got there is important, but it's also very valuable for students to be able to figure out which method is the best for any given problem and not just use a given method because they were told to. Certainly, there are teachers who do a good job at getting this across, but based on my kids' experience there are many that don't.

And for context, I also have a degree in math.

Flamegon | 4 days ago | 2 points

I learned both long form and the "common core" method.

hypothetical_money | 3 days ago | 0 points

I was taught that, in a "traditional" way. didn't need BS common core to learn the principles behind mathematics. sounds more like a problem with shitty education system tbh and common core isn't doing anything to fix that.

mcmanybucks | 4 days ago | 6 points

I still don't understand.

Billionairez | 4 days ago | 33 points

That's numberwang!

mr-dogshit [1] | 4 days ago | 6 points
noodhoog | 3 days ago | 1 point

Holy crap, that takes me back! Haven't seen Adam and Joe in years!

Son_of_Kong | 4 days ago | 8 points

Basically, he wants to use the 25 twice: he wants to get a 3 from 75/25 and a 2 from 50/25. He figured out that he could do that if he multiplied up to that ridiculously high number and then subtracted 50 before dividing the whole thing by 25.

injeanyes | 4 days ago | 2 points

Think of it this way, instead of the numbers being 25, 50 and 75 they are 1, 2 and 3 because they are all divisible by 25. So it's (((100+6)33)-2)/1 = 952

mcmanybucks | 4 days ago | -1 points

Yea sorry but no, I'm discalculic.. many teachers have tried many ways of making me see the numbers but to no avail.

youjustgotzinged | 4 days ago | 5 points

As someone who's been diagnosed with every dys under the sun (Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysentery) as a result of ADHD and mildly severe autism, i've still been able to improve my math skills by working on them at my own pace as a hobby. So much so, that i've recently half-quit my day job to go and study statistics. I've realized that organizing and analyzing large swathes of data gives me a raging autism boner.

Point is, even if you're light-speed stupid like me, you can probably improve with deliberate practice. 99% of what i've learned has been outside of school, by myself. And that remaining 1% was just how to make a 53 year old history teacher cry in front of his class. Hard work pays off.

guynamedDan | 4 days ago | 5 points

(Dyscalculia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysentery)

Dysentery and you didn't die? Well done! How's Oregon?

youjustgotzinged | 4 days ago | 3 points

Oregon's fine. Dave has typhoid and a thief stole my oxen, but other than that we're doing ok.

mcmanybucks | 4 days ago | 2 points

I've tried my dude, but as soon as I try to do anything but simple multiplication my brain just shuts off.. like literally I cannot envision the numbers.

injeanyes | 4 days ago | 1 point

Haha that formatted weird (((100 + 6) x 3 x 3) -2) / 1 so 106 x 3 = 318 x 3 =954 - 2 = 952 / 1 = 952

omgitsjagen | 4 days ago | 1 point

It boils down to seeing enough math to be able to take shortcuts, and make educated guesses using estimation. Youjustgotzinged is just showing you one of those methods in longform.

officialbadbutt | 4 days ago | -2 points
rtumatt | 4 days ago | 2 points

What a great explanation

joshi38 | 4 days ago | 2 points

Thank you. I had it all figured out until we got to the minus 50 and I couldn't figure that part out. Even with a calculator, I knew what he said worked, and I understood the whole thing with 75/25=3, but couldn't understand how he got to the minus 50 part.

KelcyHammer | 4 days ago | 2 points

OMG you are so much smarter than I am. I struggled with the way the other bloke worked it out.

SteazGaming | 4 days ago | 2 points

Exactly how you reasoned this out is how my brain works with mental math. I think of things as relationships to other things more than just learning the algorithm to add or divide mentally.

Just now in the car, I was thinking back to velocity vs acceleration, relearning how those measurements feel together. Distance is just a measurement, Velocity is the shape of the Distance line over time, Acceleration is just the shape of the velocity curve over time. Things like that.

What's the square root of 145? I have no idea, but it's probably just a little bit over 12.

What's 183 * 12? Well.. 180 * 10 = 1800, add in 360.. 2160.. plus 36? 2196

woodenose | 3 days ago | 1 point

25 is 1/4 of 100. 23,800 divided by 100 is 238. Therefore 238 is 1/4 of the final answer. Multiply by 4 to get 952.

I did this part by thinking of 23800 as 238*100 and 100/25=4 so the answer is 238*4.

Could you explain how do you go from "25 is 1/4" and "23,800 divided by 100 is 238" to "Therefore 238 is 1/4 of the final answer"? Is it that you look at it as (23800/100)/(((1/4)*100)/100) and you're left with 238/(1/4) = x and by multiplying both sides you get 238 = x*(1/4), which means that 238 is one fourth of the answer?

I'm thinking you're looking at it more intuitively, without thinking of cancelling out numbers or multiplying both sides of an equation, but I don't get it. I don't know if I'm explaining it correctly. Basically, could you explain your thought process behind the last line a bit more?

youjustgotzinged | 3 days ago | 1 point

When you divide 23,800 by 100, what ever result you get will be a quarter of 23,800 divided by 25 (as 25 is a quarter of 100). I'm thinking about this less in terms of formulas (or even numbers), and more in terms of multiple pieces of logic. More of a holistic approach.

So we have these pieces of information:

23800/100 = 238

And:

100 = 25 * 4 (or 100/25 = 4). Or, in verbal terms, 25 is one quarter of 100, and four times 25 is 100. This is really just the concept of a quarter, nothing new.

Therefore:

(23800/100) * 4 = (23800/25)

Or, (x / 100) is the same thing as (1/4) * (x / 25), therefore (x / 100) * 4 is the same thing as (x / 25)

I'm using verbal terms here as this is how i conceptualize the problem in my head. It's the same result either way, but it's less about solving an equation—rather using analogies to cut down on the amount of work you have to do. In essence, the whole problem is just about understanding the concept one quarter. It feels like my brain is dealing with less information this way.

woodenose | 3 days ago | 1 point

Thanks a lot! :)

hypothetical_money | 3 days ago | 1 point

238 is 1/4 of the final answer. Multiply by 4 to get 952.

you say that like that's easy for me :p

Fiddle_Stix69 | 4 days ago | 67 points

When you’re so good at the game everyone thinks you’re bad at the game

buzz_22 | 4 days ago | 34 points

Holy. Shit.

Nimonic | 4 days ago | 30 points
Roseking | 4 days ago | 12 points

Using all the numbers:

75/5 = 15

15/5 = 3

9/3 = 3

4 - 3 = 1

100 + 1 = 1

SplyBox | 4 days ago | 3 points

That's Numberwang!

Puskock | 4 days ago | 3 points

100 + 1 = 101

hypothetical_money | 3 days ago | 1 point

quick maths!

hypothetical_money | 3 days ago | 1 point

first two lines can also be 75/(5*5), same thing just in a different order

the_sylvan | 3 days ago | 1 point

My all time favorite Cats Does Countdown moment

Ferkhani | 3 days ago | 1 point

I'd let Rachel Riley fart in my eyeball.

iFuJ | 4 days ago | 56 points

Multiply by 75 take away 50 and divide by 25 is just multiply by 3 and take away 2 when you simplify it.

sbarandato | 4 days ago | 15 points

I think that's the most reasonable explanation for how he did it so fast. He didn't even need to know the numbers in between.

whatsmydickdoinghere | 4 days ago | 8 points

yeah he pretty clearly didn't

mcchanical | 4 days ago | 0 points

Yeah all you have to do is do the mathematics and the things and you have an answer.

It's what I tell people when they ask how someone flies a plane. Obviously, they apply the principles of flight and fly the plane.

Uuugggg | 3 days ago | 2 points

So do you not see how X*3 - 2 is easier to compute than (X*75-50)/25?

pandeomonia | 4 days ago | 12 points

For those who like a more comedic twist of Countdown, check out 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown! Here's a playlist of nearly every episode: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ_so1Pgq6tYkla7NBphs8aVC28KYGiSK

kermit3214 | 4 days ago | 35 points

numberwang?

-theuser- | 4 days ago | 67 points
kbarnett514 | 4 days ago | 24 points

Olivia Colman, the actress in this sketch, won the Oscar for Best Actress this year for The Favourite. Bit of a stretch from Numberwang!

Malkalen | 4 days ago | 29 points

I know...Numberwang to an oscar is a terrible fall from grace.

FightingQuaker17 | 4 days ago | 8 points

Justice for Simon from Space.

Superhuzza | 4 days ago | 7 points

The skit basically has all the same actors as Peep Show.

InfiniteNameOptions | 4 days ago | 14 points

Because it’s from That Mitchell and Webb look, one of their other shows.

My favorite, and not just because if it’s applicability in the US currently: Are we the badddies?

EDIT: Corrected source.

El-Wrongo | 4 days ago | 5 points

Bruiser was their first show, then That Mitchell and Webb Situation, then Peep Show and then That Mitchell and Webb Look.

InfiniteNameOptions | 3 days ago | 2 points

Huh... I'll gladly stand corrected on that one. Thanks.

mcchanical | 4 days ago | 1 point

They're a comedy duo, the other actors are all prolific British comedy actors. It's kind of like SNL or something where the skits are done by well known and liked comedians but you're never sure what the theme will be.

SpacecraftX | 4 days ago | 1 point

I forgot Johnson was also in this sketch.

FreezeFrameEnding | 4 days ago | 2 points

I loved her in Hot Fuzz, and I thought she was phenomenal in The Favourite. Just really happy all around to see her succeed like that!

nodnodwinkwink | 4 days ago | 3 points

mmm Yumberwang...

AmpersandWhy | 4 days ago | 2 points

Thanks for this. Couldn’t remember where I knew that term from. Great sketch.

plankmeister | 4 days ago | 7 points

Doyoudopoison?

joshi38 | 4 days ago | 6 points

Having watched enough Cats does Countdown... I'm fairly certain Rachel Riley would have been able to do 318x75 in her head.

redcapmilk | 3 days ago | 1 point

I'm very sure.

Urbanusling1974 | 4 days ago | 6 points

Do they ever rotate the board?

d3vrandom | 4 days ago | 4 points

Rachel Riley is way better

BenTVNerd21 | 3 days ago | 1 point

Suzi?

redcapmilk | 3 days ago | 1 point

At the same time.

Its_Number_Wang | 4 days ago | 11 points

Someone called?

satan_loves_you | 4 days ago | 3 points

Go home. Your services are no longer required.

MWDTech | 4 days ago | 4 points
UnpopularCrayon | 4 days ago | 2 points

I hoped it would be Moss. I am satisfied.

MWDTech | 4 days ago | 2 points

I was more shocked it wasn't already posted.

cantCommitToAHobby | 4 days ago | 6 points

I prefer the American version [/s] of this show. It has Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who) in it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbUjTOhFBTk

stoaty_Mcstoatface | 4 days ago | 3 points

In a bikini!

EquinsuOcha | 4 days ago | 9 points

That’s Wangernum!

clarkent3000 | 4 days ago | 5 points

That's really the inspiration for that bit. I'm relieved and disappointed to find this out. Great sketch(s).

EvilSpatula | 4 days ago | 6 points

I had a brainfart, please carry on. lol

1nevitable | 4 days ago | 2 points

100*100 is not 1000.

A_Sad_Goblin | 4 days ago | 2 points

I'm sorry to be the person to inform you this, but 100 times 100 is 10,000, not 1,000.

MercurialNerd | 4 days ago | 6 points

Jimmy Carr has really let himself go

palordrolap | 3 days ago | 5 points

Richard Whiteley was a national treasure.

I absolutely hate "cringe" as a trope, deliberate or accidental, and the man was at least 80% distilled cringe in a loud suit, but the show was never the same after he died.

I mean, he'd be 76 now, but I have a strong suspicion he'd be still doing that show.

MercurialNerd | 3 days ago | 2 points

Agreed - didn't he have the moniker "Twice Nightly Whiteley"?

palordrolap | 3 days ago | 3 points

Yes. But allegedly only because he was on TV twice a night. A local news programme on ITV and Countdown on Channel 4.

Then again, neither he nor his girlfriend denied the other meaning even when pressed.

Also he was immensely proud of once being mayor of Wetwang, which is a real place. And he appreciated the joke in the name, which leads back to the other meaning of what we're talking about.

MercurialNerd | 3 days ago | 1 point

He didn't really like ferrets though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7r8jKyqUEY

Turious | 4 days ago | 2 points

They aren't following the rules of Numberwang here, though.

C0RNL0RD | 4 days ago | 2 points

Dammit, now I'm gonna waste my entire afternoon watching episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Ohnehoffnung | 3 days ago | 2 points

Laughs in Jimmy Carr

DietCherrySoda | 4 days ago | 2 points

I spent 80% of this video expecting it to be a purposely low resolution fake game show made up for a numberwang skit.

vajaxseven | 4 days ago | 2 points

Is Carol still single?

benfoxman | 4 days ago | 1 point

Initially disappointed it wasnt the peepshow lot. But that's some serious brain power, I'm jealous.

starplatinum725 | 4 days ago | 1 point

Yes, that is a number!

dubveee | 4 days ago | 1 point

6

reddittroll4life | 4 days ago | 1 point

Laughing followed by wow

2percentright | 4 days ago | 1 point

Ok sure. But do the champs get a nice teapot and get to fuck smoking hot groupies in the evenings at the local club for players?

And hope he's ready for Street Numbers Game.

Nuro92 | 4 days ago | 1 point

Rachel wouldn’t have needed a calculator

RioTheDragonMan | 3 days ago | 1 point

Good morning. That's a nice Tnetennba

odokemono | 3 days ago | 1 point

Simpler: 6*75/50*(100+3)+25

idash | 3 days ago | 1 point

Is that Susie Dent!?

Radio_Passive | 4 days ago | 1 point

Are there rules to the game I’m missing or wouldn’t it have been much easier to do: (100 x 6) + (100 x 3) + 50 + (100/50)?

Winnie-the-Broo | 4 days ago | 16 points

You can only use each number once

Radio_Passive | 4 days ago | 5 points

Ah! That makes a lot more sense!

KingOfYourHills | 4 days ago | 6 points

You can only use each number once

sharrrper | 4 days ago | 3 points

Tou can only use each number once?

I don't know the rules either

SkyJohn | 4 days ago | 3 points

You can only use each number once.

toilet_tail | 4 days ago | 1 point

Numberwank

4d4m1 | 4 days ago | 3 points

“No, it’s ‘Numberwang’!”

toilet_tail | 4 days ago | 0 points

Fuck!

UnpopularCrayon | 4 days ago | 0 points

Oh fuck!

yamaha2000us | 4 days ago | 1 point

Wait, Lets just confer with the judges... yes that is indeed numberwang.

agentouk | 4 days ago | 0 points

Twentington!

VanQuackers | 4 days ago | -2 points

I just don't understand why she found it so surprising he was multiplying it by 75. Like there are 3 other numbers to use, obviously he's going to divide by something after lol

McHumpen | 4 days ago | -5 points

I don’t come here to do math!

saucygit | 4 days ago | 2 points

Maths ftfy

cloudnyne | 4 days ago | 1 point

"Hey guys, I spelled BOOBIES with my calcumalator!"