## A soccer coach walked into the locker room before a game,

looked at his star player and said: “I’m not supposed to let you play since you failed math, but we need you in there. So, what I have to do is ask you a math question, and if you get it right, you can play.”

The player agreed, and the coach looked into his eyes intently and asks: “Okay, now concentrate hard and tell me the answer to this. **What is two plus two?**”

The player thought for a moment and then he answered: “I think… no… yes… I’m not sure… **what about 4?**”

“Did you say 4?” the coach exclaimed, excited that he got it right.

### At that, all the other players on the team began screaming: “Come on coach, give him another chance!”

## Tommy was sitting in math class when suddenly his teacher asked him

“Tommy, How much is **2 + 2**?”

Tommy, caught off guard, begins counting his fingers under the table mumbling to himself: “1…2…3…4,” before happily exclaiming **“The answer is four!” **

“That’s correct,” answered his teacher, “but I saw you counting your fingers instead of doing the math in your head. So I want you to put your hands behind your back and tell me what do you get if you add **3 + 3**?”

Tommy put his hands behind his back, but his teacher saw that he was still moving uncomfortably as if he were trying to count fingers. After a few moments he said uncertainly, **“is the answer six?” **

“You are correct,” she replied, “but I see you’re still counting fingers despite me asking you not to! Put your hands in your pant pockets and tell me what you get if you add **5 + 5**.”

Tommy put his hands in his pants and his teacher saw him looking at his pants and moving his lips without uttering a word.

Finally the teacher became impatient and said: “I see what you’re doing there and I can tell you right now that** the answer is not eleven!**”