Calculator Words

When calculators became cheap in the 1970s, millions of kids discovered that they could spell out words using numbers that looked like letters and flipping the screen upside-down.  Can you guess these?

1. What bacon does when it hits a hot pan: 372215

2. If you make an omelet, you'll end up with a lot of these: 577345663

3. Central American nation: 321738

4. Where caged creatures live: 0.02

5. Turtle hut: 77345

6. A traditional Inuit home: 0.0761

7. Norwegian City: 0.750

8. He has no home but the rails: 0.804

9. Similar to a clarinet, but with two reeds instead of one: 3080

10. Cowboys wear it instead of a tie: 0.708

11. The capital of Idaho: 35108

12. Emmy Award-winning TV show: 3376

13. Search me: 376006

14. It the tide doesn't flow, it…: 5883

15. Immigrant island: 51773

16. A paid male "companion": 0.70616

17. They're alive, with the sound of music: 57714

18. Black gold! Texas tea! 710

19. When black gold (or Texas tea) does when it emerges from the ground: 53200

20. Building block: 0.637

21. Where your boss might tell you to go: 7734

22. Letter-cube board game: 376608

23. Some people collect stamps; others go birdwatching: 5318804

24: Russian ballet company: 1045708

25. Uncle John's handwriting: 378163771

Continue reading for the answers.

1. Sizzle
2. Eggshells
3. Belize
4. Zoo
5. Shell
6. Igloo
7. Oslo
8. Hobo
9. Oboe
11. Boise
12. Glee
13. Google
14. Ebbs
15. Ellis
16. Gigolo
17. Hills
18. Oil
19. Oozes
20. LEGO
21. Hell
22. Boggle
23. Hobbies
24. Bolshoi
25. Illegible


The article above was reprinted with permission from the newest volume of the Bathroom reader series, Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.

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For the last 30 years I've been showing friends, co-workers and anyone else who happens to be around when I have a calculator my awesome calculator trick:


They are ALWAYS impressed when they see my name. Then I tell them it works for my dad's name, too:

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