On 8/20/05, Dale wrote: > 1.Grab a calculator.. > 2.Key in the first three digits of your phone number. > (Not area code) > 3.Multiply by 80. > 4.add 1. > 5.Multiply by 250. > 6.Add the last 4 digits of your phone number. > 7..Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again. > 8.Subtract 250. > 9.Divide number by 2. > 10.Do you recognize the answer? > > Please let me know! > Looks the same as doubling your first three digits and moving them over four place values (what multiplying by "80*25" accomplishes i.e. x "20,000") to be able to insert the last four phone number digits (albeit doubled). Of course this is partly hidden by the "mysterious" increase of 250 (1 x 250), which is later removed, and finally removing the doubling factor.