Thursday, November 13

How To Be Good At Mathematics: Go To Heaven

This trip to heaven had a strange effect!

Willie Disart, 16, left school in the third grade, chews tobacco and says he became a wizard with figures when he dreamed he was in heaven.

Willie says he never can understand why people can't just look at whole bunches of figures and add them up without thinking about them. He can do it.

Tell him the day, month and year you were born and, without a pencil, he'll look you in the eye and tell you how many years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds you've lived, not forgetting the leap years.

In his home at Omega, Ga., Willie says, a man wanted to build a house and asked him how many bricks, he needed, making allowances for windows and doors.

"I told him right off," Willie says, "When he got all through the man had half a brick left over."

Willie insists he never tries to work out mathematical answers, his mind just knows the answer.

Ask him how he came to his talent and Willie always tells this story:

"When I was four years old, my mummy was trying to teach me to add. I couldn't add up to a hundred, Then mummy died. Right after she died, I dreamed I went to heaven to see my mummy. She told me I could do anything with figures.

"She gave me some problems, I worked them all out right there in heaven.

"I wake up and I'm still working out figures. I wake up my pappa and tell him. He gave me some problems, I work them. Never had any trouble since."

He's now looking for a job.

Source: The Milwaukee Journal Dec 20, 1939

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  1. If only I had a portion of that gift...

  2. I love mathematics but I can't do that! How interesting.

  3. Suzie09:07

    I'd like that sort of talent. Which way did you say it was to heaven? :)

  4. Wow! No telling what this guy might accomplish!

  5. Interesting! I know plenty of people who think math has more to do with Hell than Heaven:-)

    (Thanks for your comments on my blog Mike, but I can't seem to publish them while traveling. Know that they are appreciated!)