Scabrous Birdseed

07-04-2006, 08:23:17

1. Adding is generally the first arithmetic operation taught at school.

2. The quantities added to each other are sometimes called "addends". By wankers.

3. Adding is both associative and commutative, i.e. you can pretty much add the terms in any order you like, some first and others later or upside down and you still get the same result.

4. If you add 0 to anything it makes no difference whatsoever. For this reason 0 is sometimes called the identity element since it doesn't add any fancy new hats or false moustaches to the person/number this contrived metaphor refers to.

5. When adding stuff, people occasionally make this sign which looks a bit like a cross, sort of a | combined with a -.

2. The quantities added to each other are sometimes called "addends". By wankers.

3. Adding is both associative and commutative, i.e. you can pretty much add the terms in any order you like, some first and others later or upside down and you still get the same result.

4. If you add 0 to anything it makes no difference whatsoever. For this reason 0 is sometimes called the identity element since it doesn't add any fancy new hats or false moustaches to the person/number this contrived metaphor refers to.

5. When adding stuff, people occasionally make this sign which looks a bit like a cross, sort of a | combined with a -.