Turning Dates into Equations

by josh lubarr

UPDATE, 9/25/11: This page is replaced by the Equationizing page.

I guess if someone is nerdy enough, they’ll feel like an evening with an equation is a date, but that’s turning equations into dates.

This is related to “It’s not that everything’s an equation, but…” The idea is to take the date and turn it into an equation somehow. Sometimes, there’s an obvious one, like



8 + 3 = 11

Sometimes there’s a pattern, like


That’s not an equation, but it is elegant.

Sometimes, there’s something else, like


being the sides of 5-12-13 right triangle. Likewise, not an equation, but still pretty good.

Sometimes, the numbers need to be broken into their component digits, like



4, 2, 9, 1, 1

so that

4 x 2 + 1 x 1 = 9

or you might only break down some of them, so that it’s

4 – 2 + 9 = 11

If you want to make an equation, there’s always some way to do it.

I used to think it was okay to specify, say,  √9 as 3 and -3, so that I could use them to cancel out a number I didn’t want to use, but now I think that’s too cheesy.