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    A North Carolina man who allegedly cracked the code to mentally calculate any multiplication problem is now offering to reveal his secret - for the bargain price of $33.

    Albert Clay said he came up with his system as a high school junior, but never showed anyone aside from a high school math teacher who shrugged off the achievement, the News & Observer reported.

    Now 75 years old, the retired pharmacist has copyrighted the formula, "How to Multiply Any Number by Any Number in Your Head," and hopes to demonstrate it in schools, books or even personal mailings to anyone who'll send him $33, including postage, the paper reported.

    "There may not be anybody else in the world who knows how to do this but me," Clay, told the News & Observer. "Zip, zip, zap and add 'em together."

    True to his word, Clay multiplied a pair of five-digit numbers in just seconds and wrote the answer on a single line of his yellow scratch pad, News & Observer reported. No calculator. No zig-zagging numbers cluttering the page.

    "It's not complicated once you crack the code," he said.

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    He'll make a few bucks.

    I bet it comes off a lot like all those perfect pitch ads in music magazines.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    This will have little impact upon the world. For instance, being able to figure out sales tax in their heads will not prevent the nitwit behind the register from still getting your change wrong, even though the machine tells them the proper amount.
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    Them pharmacists are pretty damn smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    This will have little impact upon the world. For instance, being able to figure out sales tax in their heads will not prevent the nitwit behind the register from still getting your change wrong, even though the machine tells them the proper amount.
    on the other hand, freeloaders would have no excuse for "mistakenly" leaving a 1% tip

    gosh I hated waiting tables in college.

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    $30 is not a lot of cash and the concept is pretty cool but, I'm not sure what I would do with this information.

    So, I can now multiply 51346 by 87143. Cool. So what? I have never been cornered into a position where this kind of ability would help me out.

    Perhaps if you went to a bar full of lap dancers it might get you a free five minutes, just for novelty value, but that is going to be about it.

    On that note, where's my credit card?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    This will have little impact upon the world. For instance, being able to figure out sales tax in their heads will not prevent the nitwit behind the register from still getting your change wrong, even though the machine tells them the proper amount.
    My brother, you reeeeeeeeeeeally need to move to Iowa. Here they count change the old fashioned way...AND you get an authentic smile with your service.
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    My physics & calculus profs had a method for such. They used it for grading tests instantly. The Physics prof said he learned it from some book he read so there are probably several methods. He explained it to me & it made sense at the time but 18 years 2 brain surgeries & a good calculator have sort of wiped out the need & ability. It was a neat little trick though. I'm curious now if I can figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post

    So, I can now multiply 51346 by 87143. Cool. So what?
    4474444478

    For $25, I'll tell you how I calculatored the solution so quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by te5150 View Post
    4474444478

    For $25, I'll tell you how I calculatored the solution so quickly.

    If you can dance around a pole the money is yours.....

    Oh, and ps. You must have boobies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    Oh, and ps. You must have boobies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    If you can dance around a pole the money is yours.....

    Oh, and ps. You must have boobies.
    I'm out.

    And the picture above cannot be unseen. Thanks a lot. Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graeme View Post
    ...multiply 51346 by 87143...
    My religion teaches that the answer is 5.
    Don't try and confuse me with your Godless "science" and "facts."







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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    This will have little impact upon the world. For instance, being able to figure out sales tax in their heads will not prevent the nitwit behind the register from still getting your change wrong, even though the machine tells them the proper amount.
    i can already figure out what my whole shopping trip will cost, including sales tax. also, as a cashier, it really is harder than you think, unless you truly have a dumbass giving you the wrong change. wait- you're in Florida unfortunately. you only have dumbasses surrounding you. sorry, i forgot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    on the other hand, freeloaders would have no excuse for "mistakenly" leaving a 1% tip
    thats why they have the tip calculater on the cell phones nowadays....VERY convenient!
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