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[challenge entry] All is not well with the Numberjacks...

From the Explain Stuff With Maths challenge. See all 249 entries (closed)

(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:00, archived)
# Ha ha ha!
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:01, archived)
# lol :D
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:01, archived)
# of course
it all adds up :D
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:01, archived)
# Ha ha! *clicks*
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:03, archived)
# Oh fuck what?
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:03, archived)
# numberjacks ftw
as the father of a 11 month old, i approve of this.
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:19, archived)
# hsahahahahahahhaha
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 19:53, archived)
# Excellent-tastic!!

(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 20:06, archived)
# Those Filthy Numbers
(, Mon 4 Jan 2010, 20:52, archived)
# Whaaat?
I didn't know what a numberjack was, so i looked on wiki. I'm none the wiser...

"The Numberjacks are animated characters - the numbers zero to nine - who live in an ordinary sofa and solve problems outside. Each episode has the same structure. At the beginning of the episode, some of the Numberjacks will be engaged in an activity that will have relevance to the problem that is later discovered. Then an "agent" (a live-action child) will call in and describe the problem that is occurring. One or two of the Numberjacks will go out into the real world to solve the problem, while the remaining Numberjacks stay in their base and watch their progress on a screen. As soon as the problem is understood, 5 imagines what else could go wrong if it wasn't solved.

Once outside, the Numberjacks are shown in a live-action setting (although still animated themselves). They diagnose the problem by examination and with help from additional ideas from the agents, who call into the base. The problem could be caused by one of the antagonists or the younger Numberjacks escaping from the sofa and inadvertently making things go wrong. Problems are solved by using "Brain Game", a magical force of power.

Once solved, the Numberjacks return to their base, replay what happened on a screen and then challenge the viewer to think about a related problem and to "call the Numberjacks".

The problems encountered are all based around simple mathematical concepts and the programme is intended to stimulate young children's interest in mathematics. On satellite, digital and cable tv, a link to Numberjacks often appears on a corner of screen. This link sometimes appears on for example, gardening programs as a way of helping people with basic numeracy."

(, Tue 5 Jan 2010, 5:46, archived)
# Acquire yourself some children, sir
...then select the televisual channel "Cbeebies". At which point all will become clear. Number one son's mathematical prowess can be partially credited to this programme.
(, Tue 5 Jan 2010, 7:22, archived)
# they forgot to mention that the problems and enemies faced are batshit insane
a floating pink spoon with a face that just likes to fuck with people by swapping things with other things, a floating pink ball that cuts things into halves or quarters or whatever with hilarious results and a floating ginger human head with no eyelids who does something else pointless. i forget.

(, Tue 5 Jan 2010, 9:59, archived)
# Not to mention
the nonce with the giant white top hat.
(, Tue 5 Jan 2010, 16:38, archived)
# Makes perfrect sense,
but it's Brain Gain, not Game.
(, Wed 6 Jan 2010, 8:58, archived)
# Hahahahahaha
Best thing I've seen for ages!

(, Tue 5 Jan 2010, 10:12, archived)
# Liking this muchly - Great stuff Monk!
(, Tue 5 Jan 2010, 10:53, archived)
# these problems
Are a direct result of the numberjacks playing a bit too freely and loosely with their numberwangs.
(, Wed 6 Jan 2010, 12:41, archived)