# Some cool number patterns - and how to give 100%

By Murray Bourne, 14 Apr 2008

This arrived in my Inbox recently.

There is some nice symmetry in all of these:

        1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10 = 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

And now for the most important part of learning - and life generally...

## Giving 100%

If:

A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, ... , z = 26,

then:

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

= 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5

= 96%

And:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K

= 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11

= 98%

But to arrive at 100%, we need:

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

= 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5

= 100%

### 4 Comments on “Some cool number patterns - and how to give 100%”

1. Torben Brams says:

Some people lazy would swear that Bullsh*t will take you well beyond the 100%

😉

2. Li-sa says:

Giving 100% was actually from quite an old PowerPoint. I remember I got it 5 or more years ago.
Also,
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
might make traditional Chinese very happy because 8 rhymes with fortune  in the language. 😐

3. Murray says:

Yes, these things float around and re-appear from time to time, like some sort of infinite loop...

4. arjun says:

Very interesting and useful...

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