What I was reading:

Amicable numbers are any pair of numbers for which each is the sum of all of the divisors of the other ”” they are said to have been discovered by Pythagoras. The smallest pair of such numbers is 220 & 284: the divisors of 220 are 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 20, 22, 44, 55 and 110 (the sum of which is 284); and the divisors of 284 are 1, 2, 4, 71 and 142 (the sum of which is 220). In 1636, Pierre de Fermat showed that 17296 & 18416 were also amicable. Two years later, Rene Descartes proved 9363584 & 9437056. Other amicable pairs (as they are also known) include: 1184 & 1210, 2620 & 2924, 5020 & 5564, 6232 & 6368, 10744 & 10856, 12285 & 14595, 63020 & 76084.

What I was thinking:

Amicable numbers? Could they own a dog together? Do they like LIKE each other or just like each other? Would I want to go out for coffee with them? Nah. Not if they like math so much. Plus, I’d probably call them “Einstein” or “Brainiac” or “Poindexter” and then they’d be all like, “Your mother’s a Poindexter!” And then I’d be all like, “I’m rubber and you’re glue!” And then they’d be all like, “Yeah, you’re rubber …. rubber cement so it sticks to YOU!” And then I’d be all like, “Whatev.” And get stuck with the bill. That doesn’t seem very amicable to me, Poindexter.

**Why DO people like math?!**

## 9 thoughts on “Amicable Numbers”

wordguisePerhaps they have a bendelormer?

beckyccI’ll thank you to keep a civil tongue in your mouth, Poindexter. Oh, and your mother’s a bendelormer.

LanaAren’t you amazed that 0!=1 (zero factorial equals one). Think about it.

beckyccLana …. if I think about a zero with an exclamation mark my head will explode. Think about THAT!

RonOuch! My head hurts. All that math to determine if a couple is amicable???? What ever happened to “wanna get a cup of coffee?”

RonPS… love the site, Beck.

beckyccThanks Ron … maybe they’re just not ADDING coffee into the CALCULATION of their EQUATION.

Ya FIGURE?

OMG. I crack me up.

LanaI heard that parallel lines actually do meet, but they are very discrete.

beckyccFunny, Lana …. are you a spy or something?