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## Friday, September 3, 2010

### Nine Daffynitions of 999

Anyone of you ever thought of dialing 999 for help in solving some of your elementary math problems? Well, you never know! There might be some bored police personnel on night duty longing for a change in handling the usually boring calls related to ambulance, fire, and robbery.

In fact, in the name of productivity it's not a far-fetched idea to recruit policemen and women who can also render numerical assistance to their mathematically challenged callers, especially in the middle of the night when there're fewer emergency calls, and when these bored (or boring?) staff tend to doze off often.

Traditionally, a number of developed and developing countries have inherited a mathematically challenged police force. May each country or county be blessed with better-educated police personnel who are confident to handle complex real-life problems, whose solutions often requiring an above-average logical and rational mind.

Here are nine extra-definitional meanings of 999.

9. Police on fire calling for ambulance
8. Police firing at stolen ambulance
7. Police chasing ambulance on fire
6. Ambulance ferrying police on fire
5. Ambulance on fire injuring police
4. Ambulance and police both on fire
3. Police in stolen ambulance on fire
2. Police looking for fired ambulance
1. Fired police in ambulance on fire

What's your definition (or daffynition) of 999? Share yours with the rest of us.

Nitely yours

© Yan Kow Cheong, September 2, 2010

#### 1 comment:

Singapore Math said...

I just recalled I tweeted that a few months ago: Having #Math problems? Please call 911─out of boredom they may help! http://tinyurl.com/ylytw8s

Warning: You may be charged, jailed, or even caned for dialing 999 or 911 for non-emergency matters! Please check with the local authorities before trying your luck!