## the integer called bleen

#### 12/07/12
— amusement, comedy, education, games, george carlin, math, mental health, numbers, puzzles

new brain teaser via wordplay:

*I have visited middle school and high school classes, proposed this challenge, and was surprised at the variety of results. The challenge forces one to go back to the number line to understand how the insertion of this new integer affects counting.*

*The idea originated with comedian George Carlin several decades ago — probably in the 1970s — when he announced that a new integer had been discovered by mathematicians.*

**The Integer Called Bleen**

Suppose that a “new integer” is “discovered” between 5 and 6 called bleen, written as a capital B. That is, counting fingers, one says, “one, two, three, four, five, bleen, six, seven, eight, nine.” There will be thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, bleenteen, sixteen, etc. Also fifty nine, bleenty, bleenty one, bleenty two, etc.

So, what is bleen plus three? Bleen plus bleen? Ten times bleen? Bleen times bleen?

put your answers to the 4 questions in the comments. also when you do, talk a bit about how you figured them out.

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