Tuesday, July 8, 2008


I just noticed with much hilarity that my occupation in my profile was set to 'accounting'. Hahhaaaaa. No. I wish. Then I might have some money.

But no, in actual fact I am numerically challenged. I may in fact have discalculia, numerical dyslexia. To add, say, 35 and 17 I have to write the sum down in my head. Especially if someone is there, I become surrounded in a red fog of confusion if I have to calculate. For example, last weekend, when I had to give people change of a fiver, I had trouble working out what to give back on €1.50. Really. My brain shuts down and nothing makes sense.


Tinman18 said...

Perhaps you are an accountant at heart, Jo. Bertie Ahern is one, and his brain shuts down in exactly the same way when someone asks him about numbers:)

(Just looked up from my laptop & the woman opposite me on the Dart is reading an article about Judy Garland, so there's a picture of the original Tinman starting at me.)

morgor said...

heh, me and my friend used to enjoy doing the little mathematics puzzles in the papers much to the surprise of . . . everyone else in the world.

jothemama said...

But Suduko made numbers popular again!

Isn't the elephant thing funny?

I AM that clueless student.

PĂ©itseoga said...

hi! my theory is: something in the human brain makes it easier to add up then to subtract, (i think it's greed or something...) so for change and the likes this 'trick' makes it much easier:
say, you sell a cake for 1.50 and the punter gives you a fiver, you go through your cash box for change and say "five" as you take the fiver and "one fifty" as you start on the change, as you take out coins you add them, until you arrive back at five, e.g. "five: one fifty, two, three, five." as you take out a 50c coin, a euro and a 2 euro coin. ideally starting with the smaller coins. shop assistants do it a lot!

jothemama said...

Yep, that was my tactic.

ellyodd said...

If you ever want to talk to other dyscalculics, go to http://dyscalculiaforum.com :)