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Bowfinger - Bad Math
About 1/3 of the way into the movie when Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) is rambling and paranoid to his agent about the script he was sent, he says he scanned the script into his computer and he found that the letter 'k' appears 1456 times. He infers that this is a jab against him as a black man because 1456 is evenly divisible by 3, leaving 'kkk' appearing 486 times, but simple math will demonstrate that 1456 is not evenly divisible by 3.
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Wayne Martin, Jr. on 03-10-2000
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Maleficent1973 writes:
Well, this leaves me to teach you guys a math lesson. It is easy to calculate in your head if any multiple digit number is evenly divisible by 3. You must add all the digits in the number (in this case 1456 = 16) and figure out if THAT number is divisible by three (16 is not divisible by 3). Example 732 = 7+3+2 = 12 (12 is evenly divisible by 3), so 732 is divisible by 3. So, I knew immediately in the theater, that Kit was wrong!
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gman writes:
Could it be that this was to show that Kit was paranoid and mentally unbalanced?
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spttedsnrise89 writes:
2--even 3-- add up digits & divide by 3 4-- last 2 digits 5-- last digit= 5 or 0 6-- if it's divisible by 2 & 3 (or if it's even & divisible by 3, same thing) 9-- add up digits (result must be divisible by 9) 10-- last digit = 0
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KyleRockafella writes:
Does that trick work with any other multiples of a number?
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Meteor45 writes:
That trick doesn't work EXACTLY with other numbers, but some other numbers have tricks: If a number ends in an even number, it is divisible by 2. If the last two digits in a number (ex. 932 -- 32) are divisible by 4, then the number is divisible by 4. Etc, etc.
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sarcattack writes:
Obviously, Eddie Murphy was supposed to say 1458, not 1456, so the slip-up was in the line, not the math.
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