Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Blame Your Parents If You're Bad At Math

"People who are bad at maths were probably born that way, according to groundbreaking new research. The study found the ability to work with numbers may be something that is entirely pre-destined - you either have it or you don't."


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IBentMyWookie (#133)

you hear that, dad, YOU ASSHOLE?

@IBentMyWookie I got fucking grounded for a C in geometry!

Annie K. (#3,563)

@dinosaur_senior I flunked third grade arithmetic and had to spend the summer making it up. I'm still twitching.

I blame my parents for everything.

C_Webb (#855)

To speak for my side of the ability spectrum, the word "maths" as opposed to just "math" makes me want to stab somebody right in the hypotenuse.

City_Dater (#2,500)


As someone who couldn't add, subtract, multiply or divide until 4th grade, I stand beside you, protractor poised for stabbing.

jolie (#16)

@C_Webb I marched in here to say that very thing.

Rosebud (#4,107)

@C_Webb TOTALLY AGREE. Because I was born with the language gene, but not the math gene.

Rosebud (#4,107)

@Rosebud And that sentence is probably grammatically incorrect. My gene is not so much the language one as the big-mouth one.

Brunhilde (#1,225)

@C_Webb It's an acronym. MATHS stands for "Mathematical Anti Telharsic Harfatum Septomin".

C_Webb (#855)

@City_Dater Of course, if I knew what/where a hypotenuse was, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@C_Webb In that case, SOHCAHTOA can't save you now.

BadUncle (#153)

Maths? I can't even do arithmetics.

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

I wish the people who write this article would use 'arithmetic' instead of 'maths'. The ability to recognize definite quantities and perform operations on them makes one a good accountant, but more abstract thinking is required for math, generally.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

what the hell are they? English?!

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

@Art Yucko They also have a hilarious (to me, at least) tendency to refer to 'calculus' as 'the calculus'.

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

@Werner Hedgehog I like to imagine that "the calculus" derives from a British desire to set Newton's calculus apart from the gross Germanic calculus of that asshole Leibniz.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

to + too = fired.

deepomega (#1,720)

Fortunately, there are calculators.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Oh, hey, what about the capacity for screwing people over — is that one genetic or environmental?

Smitros (#5,315)

Who's gonna wear the meat dress for this cause?

I don't know…my dad was ridiculously good at mental math and was one of those freaks who could do ANYTHING in his head that involved arithmetic. This was much to my dismay when he tried to help me with long-division homework ("The answer is 253! It's obvious!" he would exclaim in German-accented frustration). I can't do any sort of arithmetic without paper, pencil, time, and humiliation. But I got a 100 on my Calc 3 final. So there. I am good at some maths, Dad. Please love me!

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