For all that we decided that no-one would ever need math after school, we never foresaw the new world of website logins which ask simple math questions to check that you’re not, say, some kind of spamming, hacking bot looking to cause trouble. Just to log in here each day, I find myself humiliated by the fact that I inevitably have to second-guess myself when faced with something as easy as 8×4=? or, worse, 7x?=42.
It’s not that I don’t know the answers, or get them wrong; it’s that I don’t get them right immediately, without any thought. Clearly, I should have paid more attention at school.