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# 20 Cool Facts About Maths

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If you were to play a word association game with a school-aged child, youād be pretty unlikely to get a response of ācoolā when you asked them what word first came into their mind when you said āmathsā. Despite what some people may tell you, maths is far from dull. On the contrary, there are plenty of fun and strange maths-related facts out there that will fascinate children of all ages. To prove this, weāve compiled a list of 20 cool facts about maths which we encourage you to share with the children in your life.

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1.Ā The word āhundredā comes from the old Norse term, āhundrathā, which actually means 120 and not 100.

2.Ā In a room of 23 people thereās a 50% chance that two people have the same birthday.

3.Ā Most mathematical symbols werenāt invented until the 16th century. Before that, equations were written in words.

4.Ā "Fortyā is the only number that is spelt with letters arranged in alphabetical order.

5.Ā Conversely, āoneā is the only number that is spelt with letters arranged in descending order.

6.Ā From 0 to 1000, the only number that has the letter āaā in it is āone thousandā.

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7.Ā āFourā is the only number in the English language that is spelt with the same number of letters as the number itself.

8.Ā Every odd number has an āeā in it.

9.Ā The reason Americans call mathematics āmathā, is because they argue that āmathematicsā functions as a singular noun so āmathā should be singular too.

10. Markings on animal bones indicate that humans have been doing maths since around 30,000BC.

11.Ā āEleven plus twoā is an anagram of ātwelve plus oneā which is pretty fitting as the answer to both equations is 13.

12.Ā Also, there are 13 letters in both āeleven plus twoā and ātwelve plus oneā

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13.Ā Zero is not represented in Roman numerals.

14.Ā The word āmathematicsā only appears in one Shakespearean play, āThe Taming of the Shrewā.

15. -40 Ā°C is equal to -40 Ā°F.

16.Ā In France, a pie chart is sometimes referred to as a ācamembertā.

17.Ā The symbol for division (i.e.Ć·) is called an obelus.l

18.Ā 2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end in 2 or 5.

19.Ā A ājiffyā is an actual unit of time. It means 1/100th of a second

20.Ā If you shuffle a deck of cards properly, itās more than likely that the exact order of the cards you get has never been seen before in the whole history of the universe.

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