Hank Howls For Numbers In The Title




Have you ever wished that you knew some number tricks to impress your friends with?  You probably haven’t.  However, the editors at Hank’s Howls are going to provide you with some anyway.


2′s trick

Step 1: Think of a number .

Step 2: Multiply it by 3.

Step 3: Add 6 with the result.

Step 4: Divide it by 3.

Step5: Subtract the result by the number you started with.


Step 1: 12

Step 2: 12 x 3 = 36

Step 3: 36 + 6 = 42

Step 4: 42/3 = 14

Step 5: 14 – 12 = 2

No Matter what number you start with, the final answer is always 2.  Why is that?  I have no idea, but it always works.  Here is another one.


Number below 10

Step 1: Think of a number below 10.

Step 2: Double that number.

Step 3: Add 6 to the result.

Step 4: Half the answer, that is divide it by 2.

Step 5: Take away the number you started with from the answer.

The answer is always 3!


Finding Someone’s Age – Number Trick

  • Ask the person to multiply the first number of his or her age by 5.
  • Tell them to add 3.
  • Now tell them to double this figure.
  • Finally, have the person add the second number of his or her age to the figure and have them tell you their answer.
  • Deduct 6 and you will have their age.


That’s enough of that.  Now for a list of novels that have numbers in the titles.  I’ve read and enjoyed these:


The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom      An elderly man dies after living what he considered to be a meaningless life.  In the afterlife, the man meets five people who reveal the effect that he had on their lives.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien     Separated from their friends, Frodo and Sam continue their quest in this second book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne     The original Captain Nemo has a submarine, which he uses to cause havoc among ocean vessels of the 1900s.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson     One man’s attempt to promote educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan.

1984 by George Orwell     Published in 1949, Orwell creates a futuristic world which is frighteningly similar to today’s reality.  If you read this book, best remember that “big brother is watching.”

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome     A witty British novel about three bumbling hypochondriacs (to say nothing of the dog) who go on a river journey in the nineteenth century.

The 39 Steps by John Buchan     Richard Hannay is minding his own business in 1914 Britain when he discovers a dead body in his apartment.  What follows is a desperate cross country run pursued by both bad guys and the police.

One for the Money By Janet Evanovich     This is the book that started it all – the first of nineteen and counting Stephanie Plum mysteries.  Stephanie, always desperate for money, takes a job as a bond enforcement officer at which she is terrible.  An abundance of quirky characters including two boyfriends add to the hilarity.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers     This classic mystery is a tale of “suspense, character and mood” which takes place in a quiet English parish.  Many consider this Sayer’s finest mystery.

Catch – 22 by Joseph Heller     Set in Italy during World War II, this humorous novel is on many lists of the best books of the 20th century.  Bombardier Yossarian is upset because “thousands of people I have never met are trying to kill me.”

1st to Die By James Patterson     One of the “Women’s Murder Club” novels.  A police detective, an assistant DA, a reporter and a medical examiner in pursuit of a terrifying killer discover a shocking surprise.


Here are some that I haven’t read yet:


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

Just One Look by Harlan Coben

The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer

….. Random Facts ….. from cs.cmu.edu/~bingbin/

The numbers ’172′ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

In the early days of the telephone, operators would pick up a call and use the phrase, “Well, are you there?”. It wasn’t until 1895 that someone suggested answering the phone with the phrase “number please?”

It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

Karoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.

Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.

In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran the Zoo.”

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.

Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

“Goodbye” came from “God bye” which came from “God be with you.”



Author: hank

I am married with two daughters and one grandchild. After teaching in the inner city of South Bend, IN for many years, I now work at the St. Joseph County Public Library. I started keeping track of the books I read when I was sixteen years old, and now have read over 1700 books with a page count of more than 500,000.


  1. I love how cousin Grover made a “Hank Howls”!

  2. Catch-22 is without a doubt one of the best (and funniest) books of the 20th century.

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