‘Wait, I don’t get it’ 11 things you’ll know if you totally SUCK at Maths


If you found yourself contemplating Foundation Level Maths in your Leaving Cert, you'll know only too well that the ol' arithmetic can get the better of most of us.

And while you consoled yourself by saying you'd never have to deal with it again after handing up your final Maths exam in 6th year, the big, bad world proved you wrong, didn't it?

From attempting to figure out high street sale prices to stumbling over group bills in restaurants, you'll know that your lack of skill in the Maths department is something that may well plague you for decades to come.

But don't worry, you're among friends here.

1. Working in retail is particularly difficult if customers change their mind on the amount they’re giving you.

“Oh, look I have a twenty after all! Here, you take this and here’s another ten cent.”

2. Trying to figure out how much you’re saving in a sale is absolutely pointless.

“20% off? Jesus Christ, you literally need a degree to buy a bloody dress.”

3. Countdown is not exactly your favourite TV quiz show.

“Wait now, there’s a 75 in the mix. I’m out.”

4. Being handed the bill during a group dinner is the equivalent of holding a ticking time bomb.

“WHAT?!  Not me! Someone else take it!”

5. Reflecting on your education, you struggle to understand where it all went wrong.

“I’m sure I aced my Mental Maths quizzes up until first class. That must count for something.”

6. Being asked to use a scientific calculator in secondary school felt like detonating a bomb.

“It says ‘error’. Is ‘error’ the right answer?”

7. The thought of helping your future children with their Maths homework brings you out in a sweat.

“They’ll find out my secret. I’ll have to employ someone to do it.”

8. When your teacher started introducing more letters than numbers in class, you officially peaced out.

“Nah, not for me.”

9. You have been known to employ unusual methods to help you navigate your personal finances.

“Just wait! If I fold this twenty euro note in half, I’ll be able to figure it out.

10. You’ve had countless people explain bookies’ odds to you, but you know you’ll never understand it.

“Hahaha oh yeah, I get it now. 13:1. Absolutely.”

11. Any sum that included a decimal AND a fraction is not something you needed in your life

“Nope. Done.”