Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Plays Well With Numbers...

Today's Wonder of the World is...Playing With Numbers!

Flickr photo by wenjomatic
Now that everyone at my house is back to school, we're becoming friends with numbers again. Yesterday after supper I got out the flashcards to review times tables with Sam. He patted my shoulder as if he thought I was cute.
"Silly Mommy," he said. "We did that last year."

That's when I told him how numbers were fun and then I described his daddy's favorite documentary, the one about the Indian mathematician who used to say that numbers were his friends.
Sam looked me over and said, "That's just weird."

So Sammy, this post is for you!
Numbers are fun.
Yes they are. I'll prove it.
Who doesn't like hopscotch?
And paint by number!

Flickr photo by oldskoolgeek

And butterflies with numbers on their wings!

Flickr photo by freefly flunky
Hey, there's an eighty eight! Amazing!

But most things in nature don't come with numbers on them.
Unless someone sits very still and let's someone else shave it onto his head.
Flickr photo by junior8279
That's quite an art form!
(As long as it's not on Ben's or Sam's head.)

Did you ever play with numbers on a calculator?

Flickr photo by mommy michele

Prepare yourself. This one's scary.

Flickr photo by abeausoleil

And this one is hilarious. If you're a fifth grade boy.

Flickr photo by trochaic
That joke always falls flat.
Get it?

Bingo! You got it!

Flickr photo by eclecticdreams
Who said math wasn't fun?

If you were Roger Miller and Dean Martin, you might even want to sing about numbers. Like here, for example.

Do numbers make you sing? Or do you hide from them whenever possible?
Have a Wonder-full Tuesday, y'all!
Love, Becky
PS. My dad adds a new number to his age today. Happy Birthday Daddy!


Barb said...

Happy birthday to your dad!

Tell Sam, numbers are our friends. I didn't think so when I was his age but over the years I have changed my mind.

Loved the video with DM and RM. Back in the day, I thought RM was hilarious and still think so. Very creative man.

Have a wonderful Wed.

many hugs,


You are so bad! BOOBLESS!! I remember being in junior high and thinking I was so cool because I entered HELL instead of HELLO. I enjoy your posts and I LOVE the 98 butterfly - now that is cool!

Anonymous said...

I can still sing the quadradic formula because my teacher in junior high taught it to us in a song.... so I love the "teaching tool" of putting numbers and music together. Brilliant.

Rosemary said...

Hi Rebecca,
Happy Birthday to your DAD!!
Loved your post. I was always bad in math, but I find numbers interesting. I'm much better at art.

Suzie said...

I like numbers too. I love the number 5 in fact I won $5 today ona stratch card

Liz said...

What a great blog you have! I found you because of Nikki at Scarlette Rose Garden... I was looking at your books... Can you suggest one that will be great for my ladies book club? I've read to kill a mocking bird... Its on my must reads list to.

Congrats on your award from Nikki!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hey Barb! They're pretty suave, aren't they?
Teresa, I did the same thing with the calculator. Funny. And I had to research that butterfly to make sure it wasn't a hoax. It's too strange to be true, but it is!
Candy, when I was teaching I did do that often. The teenagers always felt a little stupid singing in Chemistry class, but it worked!
Rosemary, I like numbers as art--my friend Susie has the coolest number decals decorating her garage--you should see them.
Hey Suzie! A free five dollars! Woo hoo!
Hi Liz. Welcome to the blog! And congrats to you too! Allow me to do some shameless self promotion and suggest French By Heart for your book club. It has discussion questions at the end, and book clubs seem to love it. Hop over to to read reviews.
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Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ahhh, I LOVE Roger Miller! That was cute.
Boy does the "boobless" calculator joke bring back memories...... LOL!
I abhor math. I used to copy my boyfriend's homework every day in 8th grade!

LW said...

A very Happy Birthday to your dad...

I like numbers...
I like to use my head instead of a calculator
However, as I get older I get lazier ...


Debbie Egizio said...

Oh what fun! I just had so much fun with numbers. Who would have thought? That little number song by Roger and Dean made me smile from here to there. It took me from here in 2008 to back there in the 1960's. I did a little time travel through your blog and it was so fun! I love that butterfly too. What an amazingly beautiful creature!! Well, thanks for making the blog world happy with numbers!!

Barb said...

Hi Becky,

Please stop by when you have a chance. There is something waiting for you which involves the number 4.


Kathryn said...

Boobless. Fell flat. HAHAHA!!! You crack me up!

Amazing butterfly!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Roger Miller was a genius!

Susan Sandmore said...

Great song! I was just thinking about Roger Miller earlier today...

My little one likes to spell with numbers. She got bored with spelling the old way. She counts with letters. Always a party at our house!

Randy and Linda said...

Numbers are sooooooo POWERFUL !
They can even make you feel POWERFUL!
I have to think a bit harder for Sam as to what can make numbers fun for him. Maybe try taking him to his favorite store, and saying you'll let him spend $20. on 2 items (of your money of course), but it has to be 2 items and don't allow $10. and $10. Then let him go to it and have fun. It might be a little fun for him - like I said I have to think on this one some more - "how to make it fun". You might say the rhyme "2,4,6,8, who do we appreciate" - you know - all schools use that at one time or another for cheering for their team. And maybe he'll look at some of the cheerleaders and think - huh, not so bad, even they like to count!
My only gripe about numbers is the USA "Standard" system where the only good thing is that we use the Base-10 system to COUNT with. But we have all of these horribly confusing SUMMATIONS commonly used in life. 12-inches=1-foot(gahhh!), 5280-feet=1-mile(huh?), 2-cups=1-pint(whyyyy?), 4-cups=1-quart(oh boy), 1-USgallon=0.833BritishGallons(wwwhhhy!), and I could go on with a zillion other. But since I grew up with this system it seems normal (but it's not). The Base-10 for everything system (METRIC System) is what the majority of the world uses and is far, far, far superior. AND I think we would actually have better math students in the US if they only grew up having to learn the Metric system!
I do LOVE math, and as a kid I wanted to be either a math teacher or an archaeologist - interesting mix! Well I became neither of those, but they are still both very fascinating to me.
I love numbers in Art, Nature, and other things, too. Just think of the geometry and numbers in a single snowflake! Wow.
OK, I know, I've reached my TMI limit (Too Much Information), gotta run.

adrienne said...

Cool post. It reminded me of a great movie called Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land (or something like that). It was one of my nephew's favorites when he was little.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

HI Becky
Oh how cute.. Numbers~~
Sam is a smart little fellow(:)
have a great day..hugs, Patty

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Ha! I thought it was clever to write "hell" on a calculator. Never thought of boobless either.
I heart numbers too.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Very cute post on numbers! I was in LOVE with Dean Martin...Thought I would marry him someday. Thanks for the video!

willow said...

Fun post! Love, love those vintage bingo cards!

Sherry Martschink said...

My favorite number is 13!

You are so creative; I really enjoy reading your stuff. What talent!

Anonymous said...

I love numbers!!!

rochambeau said...

Happy Birthday to your Daddy Becky!

Numbers can be my friends, only if Sam decides to accept them as friends too. This I can say ....
I used to be afraid of #'s, but thankfully I'm over that now. Still I look at space in kind of a mathematical way, where every thing must balance. Does that make any sense to you???

Another great post.
Love the first photo esp.

CC said...

I loved this post!!!

and happy bday to your dad!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi! Tried to leave a comment on the raisin post, but there was no place to leave one....

Any way. Love raisins. Unless they are cooked. So even in raisin bread, I pick them out lol.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love raisins. I could add them to about anything. I would eat that raisin pie too in a heartbeat. That pain aux raisins looks delicious! I remember pain au chocolate from Paris and have never tasted anything quite like it since.


Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oops, I commented in the wrong post! I used to be highly amused by making words on the display part of the calculator. I do not have a love of numbers. Mine leads more toward letters and words. They are necessary though.