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How to Win the Roman Numeral Math Bet

Learn how to win a math bet involving Roman numerals with this Howcast video.


Simon: Would you like to risk another little math bet?

Peter: You play a hard game.

Simon: Well you see I like the way things go together.

Jillian: Okay.

Simon: So here's a cool one for you. You know roman numerals right, I'm sure.

Peter: Yeah, a little bit.

Simon: A little bit?

Peter: Yeah.

Simon: I think you're being a little frisky with me my friend. So roman numerals I'll do, two plus four equal nine. Two plus four equals nine. That's a nice little math bet. It's obviously completely wrong. You get one line to make that correct. One single line and that has to read correctly, as a direct correct answer. Do you think you can do it my wee frisky friend?

Peter: I am going to find a way. Let's see here.

Simon: He's very confident. I like that. I like the fact-- I like the confidence.

Jillian: I do too.

Peter: And we can't do a not equal sign?

Simon: No, no, no, although, I can see you twitching for that. You can't do a not equals. You've just got one line to make it work.

Peter: So that is a two plus. What could we add here that can...?

Simon: I'll even give you a clue. Don't think about this one, because that's the one that's distracting you.

Jillian: What if we... No, it has to be one line, not two.

Simon: Yeah, just one line. Do you want me to show you?

Jillian: Yeah.

Simon: Because you know it's going to cost you a couple of bucks. Well you see, here's what makes it work so beautifully with the first bet. That's what you were focused on a straight line, because I said one straight line on the first one, and you remember what I said to you on this one? One line.I didn't say it had to be straight, so you do that. Two plus four equals six.

Peter: Six.

Simon: And that my friends is how you can win a lot of money, just doing a couple of math bets.

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