What’s wrong with this picture?

This picture was making the rounds on an atheist Facebook page this week with the following instruction: “Type ‘bull—-‘ when you see it. No hints!”

JesusIt didn’t take me long to respond. This photo is b.s.

Can you figure out why?

Not everyone sees it immediately.

Before I reveal it, let me tell you a quick story I picked up while teaching a writing class a few years ago.

A teacher once wanted to have a few minutes to himself, so he instructed his class to add up the numbers from 1 to 100. Figuring this would give him at least a few minutes of peace, the teacher sat at his desk. He looked up less than a minute later to find most of the students scribbling away in their notebooks, except for this one kid.

Turns out the kid figured out the answer in seconds: 5,050.

How did he do it?

As it turns out, the kid figured that if you put the numbers in two columns, the first counting up from 0 to 50 and the other counting down from 100 to 51, you could add the number on the left to the number on the right and get 100 every time. There would be 50 such pairings. 50 x 100 = 5,000. Then you would have the 50 on its own. That’s how he came up with 5,050. He was done.

The trick is, the kid looked at the problem visually, and was able to solve it quickly.

Back to our skywriting picture. Are you visualizing it? Imagine you’re the pilot. Write the name “Jesus” in the sky. Can you do it?

You can, but in a billion years, you would never think to capitalize the E.

 

 

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