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NBB COMEDY-AND-JOKE OF THE WEEK, ON MATHEMATICS

July 10, 2022

Teasers: (1) 2,500 DOLLARS PLUS 2,500 DOLLARS (OR NAIRA), IS EQUAL TO 5,000 DOLLARS; RIGHT? ARE YOU SURE? PLEASE CHECK YOUR ANSWER AGAIN, AND THEN LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING COMIC ‘EXPERTS,’ MEEEEEEEEEN!!! (2) MY PHILOSOPHICAL LESSON AGAINST “THAT’S THE WAY IT’S DONE”

This is “No Bullshitting,” by Harry Agina.

Hello, folks!

Did you know that mathematics was not discovered, but invented? Yap, mathematics is a human construct. This means that it was not thrown down to us by the Almighty God, waiting for us to discover one day. We, the mortals, made it all up by our own selves. And, did you know that it was invented about 3000BC?

Umm huh, evidence of the first written mathematics dates back to about 3000 years before Christ was born. The invention was by ancient Samerians, in Mesopotamia. And that’s all I’m gonno give you on this historical mathematical titbit. You can dig for more detail on your own, if you’re that interested. After all, I’m not even a mathematician myself, meeeeeeeeeeen!!!

So, let’s get you back to my subject on NBB Comedy-and-joke. The ingenious dude who came up with the mathematical formula of simple addition of figures is long dead and gone several millennia ago. And now, contemporary ‘geniuses’ are challenging his simple addition-formula. Or, is your “simple” addition of simple numbers, such as 2,500 dollars (or naira) plus another 2,500 dollars, really that simple, huh, huh, huh???

Surely, it’s such a simple mathematical addition; right? Of course, especially if you are a learned person. In fact, even a smart child of ten years or under knows that the answer of the simple mathematics of 2,500 dollars plus another 2,500 dollars is 5,000 dollars; right? O yeah? Are you really sure of that?

Well then, why don’t you try and convince our new-millennium ‘geniuses’ in the following video clip about that answer. Try convincing them that ancient mathematicians who are long dead and long gone, were smarter than they are now in the “modern” 21st century, meeeeeeeee een!!!:

Well, what do you think now, huh? Don’t you think that our modern geniuses make some sense? Who the fuck came up with that “carry-over” stuff anyway?! Why the fuck isn’t it as our new millennium geniuses in the video see it, huh? Where the hell are we carrying the ‘one’ to, when we say that 5 plus 5 is 10? Doesn’t it make some sense to do it as our new-millennium ‘geniuses’ see it?…hahahahahahaaaaaah!!!

But, really, do remember that majority of everything in the world can actually be changed. The ancient people who came up with all the notions, all the theories, all the ideas, indeed, everything that we do today as humans, did not possess ten heads each, you know. I will conclude my commentary on this note, with my own personal Free-thinkers Philosophy, thus—In my world, there is nothing like, That’s the way it is done.” In other words, anything that is done one way today, can be changed to a different way any day. I often get pissed off when I want to do something, and somebody tells me, “O no, that’s not the way it’s done.” And, I’m like; Who the fuck says so, huh? What makes you think that whoever that came up with that your way is/was smarter than me, huh, huh, huh???

Do remember, the person who invented that way that you call “the way” does/did not possess two heads. If he could do the inventing yesterday, so can you re-invent it today! Or, at least, you can modify the old invention. In many cases, “the way” of yesteryears suited the ancient times, but not necessarily suitable for today’s realities. So, as far as I am concerned, the only requirement in changing from one form or one way of doing anything to another, is to make your new way to be attractive, sensible, and enjoyable, period! The notion of, “That’s how it is done,” is a killer of innovation, improvement, and creativity, meeeeeeeeeeen!!!

Here is my point about today’s mathematical comedy-and-joke. It is actually possible for the authorities in the mathematical field to redesign the formula in question. Umm huh, hell would not break loose if we actually decide, in this 21st century, to redesign some ancient mathematical formulas. They were all invented by fellow humans, some of them over five thousand years ago. And, the Almighty God has not told us that they must never change. After all, we should actually be smarter today in the modern world, than our ancient ancestors! Yap, we can actually remove the “carry-over” method that confuses the subjects in that comedy, and apply it the way that they see it. You do know that the “carry-over” stuff has been a problem for many a child in beginners-mathematics classes all over the world. Like the comedy actors, innocent confused children do ask, “Carry over to where?” And that’s why I almost laughed my head off the first time that I watched the video.

Sure, it may be quite tasking to start now to re-design some of the existing mathematical formulas, for two reasons. One, the task of re-teaching students all over the world to change them all may be quite daunting. Two, in some cases, it may be chaotic to try to change all the existing mathematical figures that resulted from the prevailing formulas. Hence, this may not really be the best example to demonstrate my own personal philosophy that there is nothing like, “That’s not the way it is done,” in my world. It hinders innovation, improvement, and creativity. Any way can easily become the way. Like joke, like joke, I do trust, that you know, that I ain’t bullshitting ya, not one bit, meeeeeeeeeeen!!!

Folks, it behooves me to recognize and appreciate the ingenuity of the great Nigerian artist who came up with this fun-packed comedy. I wish that I can locate him or her so that I may shake his/her hand, meeeeeeeeeeeen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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