Wednesday, April 15, 2009


That's all I can say -- wow, this kid is wicked-smart.

I took today off but ended up working remotely from home all morning, Bearhug is here too b/c he's home sick with a stomach bug :(.

He asked me, "how many days have I been alive?"

I had no idea and told him I'd look it up (why do the math in my head when there are online tools to tell us these kinds of things?). While I was doing that, he started counting / calculating in his head (well, he was holding his fingers up but he's obviously more than 10 days old so it's not like he could really count on his fingers).

His first guesstimate - within about 20 seconds - was 2,100 days (not a bad estimate - 7 yrs old times a rounded 300 days / yr gets you 2,100 days).

I found the answer online but held off telling him as I could see he was still calculating, updating his estimate. About another 40 seconds, and he said, "2,500." So now he's apparently adding on extra days for the fact that there's actually 365 days in a year (not counting leap year) and that he's actually older than 7 (getting close to 8 yrs old at this point).

I told him he was pretty close, and was about to tell him the answer but could see him still calculating in his head so I waiting. About another minute passed and he gave me his final estimate, "2,635 days."

Wow - that is pretty darn close, the actual answer (down to the exact day) is 2,871 days. If someone had asked me at age 7 how many days old I was (although actually it was his question, not mine) I would have given them a blank stare...

Just thought I'd share that little "how cool is that" moment :).

btw, if you're curious how many days (or hours, or seconds) old you are, you can find out here.

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Anonymous said...

that's pretty darn awesome


K on April 15, 2009 at 5:41 PM said...

wow is right
That is unbelievably smart

Izzy 'N Emmy on April 15, 2009 at 9:56 PM said...

Smart is right! I stink at math and if you asked me that question, I'd so have to look it up! lol!

Anonymous said...

WOW. Wicked Smaht! (Said in my best Boston accent).

Anonymous said...

That is SO cool! My brain does not do math. I'm in awe of anyone who can figure things out like that. That he even attempted it is huge, in my book! It hurts to think that hard. lol!!


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