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Norwegian Math Test…

December 10, 2010

It sounds as if Minnesotans are in for another chilly weekend with more snow. I try to pretend that the snow and frigid temps don’t bother me—-since I descend from hearty Norwegian stock and I think my Norwegian ancestors would be embarrassed of the fact that I wear more layers than a croissant.

Anyways, laughter always makes it seem warmer so here’s a bit of Norwegian Humor to get you through the storm (stolen from an email forward my uncle sent me this morning)…


A Norwegian fella wants a job, but the foreman won’t hire him until he passes a little math test.
Here is your first question, the foreman said.  ‘Without using numbers, represent the number 9.’

‘Without numbers?’  The Norwegian says, ‘Dat’s easy.’ and proceeds to draw three trees.

‘What’s this?’ the boss asks.

‘Vot! You got no brain?  Tree and tree and tree make nine,’ says the Norwegian.   

‘Fair enough,’ says the boss.  ‘Here’s your second question.  Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99.’

The Norwegian stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree.

‘Dar ya go.’

The boss scratches his head and says, ‘How on earth do you get that to represent 99?’

‘Each of DA trees is dirty now.  So, it’s dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree.  Dat is 99.’ 

The boss is getting worried that he’s going to actually have to hire this Norwegian, so he says, ‘All right,

last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100.’

The Norwegian fella stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little

mark at the base of each tree and says, ‘Dar ya go.  Von hundred.’

The boss looks at the attempt.  ‘You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!’

The Norwegian leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says, ‘A little dog come along and

pooped by each tree.   So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, vich makes

von hundred. So, ven do I start?’

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2010 07:34


  2. Meagan Jones permalink
    December 15, 2010 00:29

    More layers than a crossiant…I may have to steal that sometime. I too, wear ten million layers, it’s cold outside, baby! Hilarious! I’m still laughing at that. Funny joke too, I will share it at Christmas! :)

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