    Mathematics   Home  Blog  Comestibles  Humor  Miscellaneous  About Me   Navigation Up Interesting! From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this:

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give more than 100%?  Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?  We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.  How about achieving 103%?  What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If we assign a numerical value to each letter of the alphabet as such:

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Then:

• HARDWORK = 8 + 1 + 18 + 4 + 23 + 15 + 18 + 11 = 98%
• KNOWLEDGE = 11 + 14 + 15 + 23 + 12 + 5 + 4 + 7 + 5 = 96%

But....

• ATTITUDE = 1 + 20 + 20 + 9 + 20 + 21 + 4 + 5 = 100%

And, to consider more common business practices....

• BULLSHIT = 2 + 21 + 12 + 12 + 19 + 8 + 9 + 20 = 103%
• ASSKISSING = 1 + 19 + 19 + 11 + 9 + 19 + 19 + 9 + 14 + 7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass-Kissing that will put you over the top.         Copyright © 2002-2004 - David Charles Reed Last Updated: 06 January 2005 