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A Dozen, A Gross, and A Score
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Leigh Mercer


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A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

Translates to this calculation:
((12 + 144 + 20) + (3 √4)) 7 + 5 11 = 9 + 0


Leigh Mercer (1893–1977) was a British wordplay and recreational mathematics expert. A preacher’s son, he worked in a variety of jobs during the course of his life, from engineering and nursing, to carnival handyman and pavement artist. Mercer inherited his father’s love of puns, spoonerisms, and acrostics and was fascinated by words and numbers from an early age; he created more than a hundred palindromes and mathematically-based limericks.

 


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CamilleBalla:
Like the rhythm and the rhyming and can appreciate oh, Cork! Lol but cannot go there and brain doesnt wanna go there.
Posted 12/08/2022 11:02 AM
paradea:
Love it...and the rhyming!!!
Posted 12/08/2022 10:06 AM
RonPoems:
Math teachers take notice. Make math class fun.
Posted 12/08/2022 09:46 AM
cork:
Measured verse!
Posted 12/08/2022 09:35 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Incredible. My mind is incapable of anything like this. If the world was full of people like me, instead of populated with many who are more like Mr. Mercer, we would never have landed on the moon, and I wouldn't have this computer to learn by and communicate with. I'm glad they're out there, even if I can't comprehend what they do or how they do it.
Posted 12/08/2022 09:32 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Delightful!
Posted 12/08/2022 09:09 AM
Larry Schug:
What a unique mind Leigh Mercer must have had. How much fun are we allowed to have so early in the morning?
Posted 12/08/2022 08:22 AM
Mail@schoolbusmart.com:
This is great, but above my grade level (LOL). Randy Mazie
Posted 12/08/2022 08:18 AM


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