Our Number World

This is a math story, but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.

There once was a strange little world called Lears. It was quite small, relatively speaking, and had only one continent. The residents called the continent Tailorsan and they named the single ocean (with all its very strange fish) Ralitanisor.

In Tailorsan, there was a single city called Egrestin. Anyone living outside of the city was called a “mice lad.” (People weren’t very nice to those country folk!)

All the Egrestins lived happily in Egrestin, it seemed. At least until one day…

Crime set in!

There was a group of Egrestins who didn’t seem to like anyone. They would meet regularly and fight. Everything they did was hateful and mean.

So the more optimistic and positive of the Egrestins began to migrate to one side of the city. Soon they decided to form an official, and gated, neighborhood.

They held a contest for the name of their new community and Mr. Reoz, a very liberal man, won. He had chosen “The Lehow Urbsmen.” (A rather fancy name, but they were the snobs of the city.)

“That outta keep out the rubbish,” Mrs. Neetiff said to some of her neighbors as they finished the gate around their shiny new community.

Mr. Reoz overheard her and was horrified.

“Mrs. Neetiff. I understand that we don’t want crime in our neighborhood,” said Mr. Reoz, “and we don’t like all the negativity. But the people outside of The Lehow Urbsmen aren’t ‘rubbish’ – they’re people too!”

She responded, “Well, how about this, then… why don’t you move outside our nice little community!?”

Mr. Reoz looked at her and thought about it. He never liked her much – and she was so odd.

He said, “Since I picked the name for the community, I don’t really think that’s right. But I’m not sure I want to live inside the gate with the likes of you!”

So they rebuilt the gate to exclude Mr. Reoz’s house. He remained a part of the The Lehow Urbsmen, but just not inside the gate.

He named the gate “The Alasturn” – a word that means “The Optimists” in the Learsian language. He hoped that giving them that name would have a positive effect on them.

He became the middle man.

Mr. Reoz eventually became friends with everyone in Egrestin. In his networking, he was able to introduce people from inside the Alasturn to other Egrestins.

It seemed that through him, each member of the gated community perfectly matched someone outside of the community.

And they lived happily ever after!

Can you draw the map of Lears? What does this have to do with math? Did I miss anything?

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2 Responses to Our Number World

  1. I’m chuffed to find your site. We’ve just recently moved to more hands on maths and I think your site will be a goldmine (I’ll be coming back for a good look around!)
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    • I had to look up the meaning of “chuffed” and I’m pleased to find that it’s a positive term!

      So glad to have you here!

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