Hello. My name is Glenn Philips.

Ronald Mack, my friend and classmate, asked me to explain why some whole numbers cannot be split into parts even though we sometimes speak of them that way.

First let me say I very much enjoyed reading the book Ronald wrote.

In that book, Ronald described the monthly poker game attended by his father and Georgie Sinkoff’s father. He wrote:

I think there are eight men who play, but they do it at a different house each time, so they’re only at my house one and a half times each year. (Okay. I know that it’s impossible to be at my house a half of a time. But twelve months divided by eight men does equal 1.5, so…Aha! I just called Glenn Philips. He said I am right, but there’s a better way to say it: They’re only at my house three times every two years.

Yes, it is impossible to be somewhere a half of a time. That’s because some things—like trips to the post office, or home runs, or Vice Presidents of the United States—cannot be split. There is no such thing as “half of a home run” or “half of a Vice President”

Here’s a way to look at the poker game question. Assume that the eight men who play are Messrs. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H. They agree to host the game each month at a different man’s home. Mr. A hosts in January…Mr. B in February…Mr. C in March…and so on. Look at the table below. After one year, half of the men (Messrs. A, B, C, and D) would have had two games at their homes, but the other half (Messrs. E, F, G, and H) would each have hosted only once. On average, each man would have hosted 1.5 games per year.

But as I told Ronald, it might be clearer if he said, “Each man hosted three games every two years.” That also averages 1.5 times a year.

I hope this explanation is clear. If you have further questions, please ask them below, and I (Glenn Philips) will answer.

(Cheesie writing now: Glenn is really smart. You can ask him super hard questions!)

## back to the Genius List

1. Anonymous ok? ✅ says:

Cheesie may not be a genius but you are glenn

1. Glenn Philips says:

Thank you. I hope to become a scientist after I attend college.

2. Rhys F. Ok I says:

Yeah the half a Vice President is if someone took a sword ⚔️ 🗡 and cut them in half!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Cheesie says:

Ugh! Gross!

3. nick says:

glenn are you a real person?

1. Glenn Philips says:

As Cheesie says in his books, everything he writes is true. And since Cheesie writes realistic fiction, everything he writes about me is both realistic and fictional, but also true. For personal privacy reasons (Gloucester is an actual town in Massachusetts), my mother has advised me to be no more specific than that. I hope that helps.

2. nick says:

just tell me if u are real

4. nerddude says:

The equivalent of finding equivalent fraction… (pun not intended)

5. cece skip865 says:

gotta go! see u later!

6. cece skip865 says:

I will come back!

7. bridelle says:

do u like Cheesie Mack?

8. Abigail says:

Hey, Glenn!
Solve this!
TENT + ENT = RARES

1. Glenn Philips says:

Perhaps you will think I am bragging, but this was not a very difficult problem. It took me only one minute.

9579
+579
_______
10158

2. Glenn Philips says:

The other two solutions are incorrect because the R becomes a zero, which in normal mathematical practice is an invalid leading digit in the five-digit number signified by RARES.

3. James says:

please explain how you arrived at the solution

9. Havish says:

Glenn, solve this.

SEND+MORE=MONEY

Each letter is a variable, and different letters are different 1 digit scalars.

PLEASE don’t look this up on Wikipedia.
I am in 4th grade and it took me 15
minutes. What does each letter stand for?

1. Glenn Philips says:

9567 + 1085 = 10652
Thank you for this puzzle., Here’s how I did it.
Obviously M=1 because S+M cannot be larger than 18.
Then, since M=1, O must equal either 1 or zero and S must be 8 or 9.
Then, since E+O{the letter O}=N, and N and E are different, N must be one or two larger than E.
The rest was easy. perhaps I’ll let others figure out the remainder of the puzzle.

2. Havish says:

Exactly.

or you could have just said that if it’s 1.5 a year, then in two years, you would just double it and a .5 + a .5 = 1 so then you add the other 1.’s
(you have two of them) to equal 3. or you could have just said 1.5+1.5= 3, or 1.5(yearly)* 2(years)= 3. if that made any more sense.

11. Mia Buchholz says:

what?

12. Jake Shevitz says:

I have no idea what the #\$&&%%%\$!? that meant.

1. Rhys F. I am saying this ok says:

Stop 🛑 cussing yo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13. Anonymous says:

So what ARE the largest moons of Jupiter?

1. Cheesie says:

The answer is in the books…in the diagram,

14. Nitin says:

Wow

15. Samuel says:

In school I am in the G.T.E.(Gifted and Talented Education) program! (Huge acomplashment and means I am smart).

ME too! I’m in gifted math and language arts, which are the only things in my grade that you can be advanced in.

16. Tom says:

?

1. Hazen says:

Pi divided by 7 = 0.44879895051 I am in gifted math.

Am I smart Glenn?

2. Glenn Philips says:

I cannot tell how smart you are from this one comment, but it does appear that you know how to divide.

17. Elias says:

im kind of a nerd myself so here goes. u cant play half a poker game! it would me for two years 1 and a half plus one and a half equals three!

1. bridelle says:

it so weird that u r a nerd!

2. Cheesie says:

Nerds rule! (But I am also lots of other things beside a nerd: athlete, good student, creative, goofball, etc.)

18. the pointer says:

INCREDIBLE! Except your wrong about the largest star ever discovered. Actually its VY Canis Majoris. It is one billion more times then the sun. So that means one billion suns can fit in it. It is 4,892 light years away. Great job anyways.

19. the pointer says:

One more thing. How fast does light travel? Tell me in metres, miles, and kilometres.

1. Glenn Philips says:

299,792,458 meters per second; 186,282 miles per second; 299,792.458 kilometers per second. This is the sort of information you can easily look up on the internet.

20. the pointer says:

Also the average for each man to host a year would be 1.75 because 1.75 is in the middle of 1.5 and 2.00. So that means an average to at least host a year would be is 1.75. Also the average to host two years will be 3.00 since every man hostesd 3 times those two years and three years will be 4.00 and so on so for.

1. Glenn Philips says:

21. the pointer says:

Glenn i have a really hard question. It is what is the largest star ever discovered and what is the smallest country on earth.

1. Glenn Philips says:

The largest star currently discovered is NML Cygni. It is a red hypergiant star and is about 1,650 times the Sun’s radius. This means if its center were where our sun’s is, its surface would be so far out, it would swallow up Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, every object in the asteroid belt, and Jupiter…with room to spare! It is about about 5,300 light-years away from Earth. It was discovered in 1965 by Neugebauer, Martz and Leighton. That’s why it’s named NML.

The smallest country is Vatican City (0.2 sq. miles). It is completely surrounded by Rome, Italy.

22. gytytytyt says:

Glenn u should write a book !!!!!! u ROCK!!!!

1. Glenn Philips says:

That is very nice of you to say. Cheesie actually asked me if I would like to write a chapter in one of his upcoming books. I am considering it. Perhaps I will.

23. Mrs. Webb's Class says:

Glenn – You made it so hard! Why didn’t you just do 24 months divided by 8 men?

1. Glenn Philips says:

I actually did say that. I wrote above: “But as I told Ronald, it might be clearer if he said, ‘Each man hosted three games every two years.'”

But people usually refer to events in terms of what occurs in one year, not in two years. That’s why I explained it that way.

(And I would like to mention that Cheesie said he met Mrs. Webb. “She is very nice,” he told me.)

24. justyn says:

Figure out this it is in katakana
テン

1. Cheesie says:

The title of my books says I am not a genius, so how should I know what that Japanese means? Gimme a break!

2. justyn says:

how do you know it is japanese, genius?

3. Cheesie says:

Only reason is you said it was katakana, and I asked my dad…he said that’s some kind of Japanese writing. But I don’t know what it means.

25. justyn says:

Solve Einstein’s Riddle. The reason 98% of the world cannot figure it out is because they over look it. (I know the answer ;D.)
Here it is
There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.
The question is: Who owns the fish?

Hints:

The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the left of the white house.
The green homeowner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the center house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.
The German smokes prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

1. justyn says:

I solved it in bed late at night a week ago.

2. justyn says:

I DID NOT LOOK IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. Cheesie says:

That is a very difficult puzzle. I am not a genius or anything!

4. CB says:

If you’re not a genius, how come you know lots of words and you are way better in math than I am? You ARE a genius. You’re a genius because you wrote your own book! Face it man. YOU’RE A GENIUS!!!!

5. Cheesie says:

Glenn Philips is way smarter than I am. He’s a genius…not me. (But thanks for the compliment.)

6. Jordan says:

Can you give more hints?

7. Justyn says:

Hi there, Jordan. I’m sorry but that’s all I’m supposed to give you. (i sounded like a nerd!!!! XD LOL ROFL)

8. Justyn says:

p.s this was made for glenn

9. CB says:

I give up.

10. gytytytyt says:

i did it!!!!!!!! i guessed so i would get the other answers and i guessed right!!!!!!! im in 4th grade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11. ashanti says:

hi

26. Andrew says:

Come on, tell me.

27. Andrew says:

What’s the square root of five?

1. Glenn Philips says:

2.236. This one I know by heart because I have memorized all the square roots from 1-20.

2. gytytytyt says:

whats the square root of 7?

3. Cheesie says:

2.646

28. the answer to carolyn tett’s question is 2,505.89784. ha ha carolyn tett. 🙂

29. i have found that answer to my own question but i’m not going to tell AGAIN! HA HA HA!

30. what is the square root of 6,279,524? Bet even you can’t answer that one.

1. Glenn Philips says:

I could use a calculator to figure it out easily. But I know a trick that gives an excellent estimate. Since 25 x 25 = 625, then 2500 x 2500 = 6,250,000, so I would guess a little higher…maybe 2,504 would be a good guess.

I think Stephanie (above) used a calculator!

2. CB says:

Dang! You’re good!

31. Trevor G. says:

Oh i get it. 1.5+1.5=3!

32. cool man says:

u can hit double a homer. a grand slam!!!!!!!!!

33. Amanda says:

what is 12×12+10-68?

1. Glenn Philips says:

This is NOT supposed to be a math website, but the answer is 86.

34. iggy says:

WOW!!how did you or glenn know that?!?did you use your noggein?? pleese reply and tell me.

1. Glenn Philips says:

This actually isn’t very difficult. Just look at the tables above. I believe my explanation is clear.

35. cool man says:

double!!!!!!

36. you can have half of a home run!it’s called a double!

1. Glenn Philips says:

But then it’s not really any part of a home run. It’s just a double. Which is quite good. I’d very much enjoy hitting doubles.

2. soccerboy says:

3. Glenn Philips says:

Yes, I see what you’re talking about. A run would score, but it still isn’t half of a homer.

4. Aron says:

it could be, because a hom run is a score on one hit when you round FOUR bases. So since you reach second which is half of what you reach in a homer, but a run still scores, then it could be half a home run.

5. Cheesie says:

Nah. There’s no such thing as HALF a home run.