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"I keep thinking there must be a deep meaning in there somewhere," Greg said, "but so far I haven't come up with anything satisfactory."

"In what?" Brigid asked, almost afraid to know.

"Well, I was just sitting here thinking about Scrabble over lunch--"

"Why Scrabble?"

He shrugged. "I dunno. Why not Scrabble?"

"You've got me there," she admitted.

"Anyway, I was thinking about Scrabble, when it suddenly occurred to me that 'evil', 'vile', 'veil', and 'live' are all anagrams."

"That's it?"


"You're looking for the meaning of life in 'evil', 'vile', 'veil', and 'live'?"

"Well, it's not like I'm looking real hard," he protested.

"So they're anagrams? So what? Nine plus nine is eighteen, nine times nine is eighty-one, and eight plus one makes nine! Who cares?"

He blinked rapidly. "Wow, they are, aren't they? I never noticed that! Cool!"

"How is that cool?" she demanded. "It's not cool, it's just a freaking coincidence!"

Greg tilted his head looked at her, frowning. "For someone who claims not to care, you're taking it all very personally," he said.

-The Gneech

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May. 30th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Turn those tables, Greg!
May. 30th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I have to disagree with Brigid here. This particular pattern also happens in all the usual number systems base 4 and upwards. In hexadecimals F+F=1E, F*F=E1 and E+1=F.

Oh, by the way, love your work!
May. 31st, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
Heck, it even works in base 2 and 3! Just that the pattern becomes obscured by repetition of digits.

base 2: 1+1 = 10, 1*1 = 01, 0+1 = 1

base 3: 2+2 = 11, 2*2 = 11, 1+1 = 2
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
Um, last time I checked, 2+2 and 2*2 aren't three (11), they're four (100).
Jun. 10th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
That's base 3, not 2.

11 = 3+1 = 4.
May. 30th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
you used the E word.....

May. 30th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Tune in next week when Greg finds enlightenment in Yahtzee.
May. 31st, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
Heheh... pwned!
May. 31st, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
At that, Brigid promptly threw a cast-iron skillet at her beguiling roommate.

Have the best

Jun. 1st, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Don't forgot "eleven plus two equals twelve plus one"!
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