**Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 - 1855) is one of the world's most famous mathematicians.**

**This story has been flying around for years... who knows if it's really true or not!?**

**Gauss was about 9 years old -- already a super genius (much like Wile E. Coyote.) His teacher hated math and hated Gauss (because he was so smart).**

**As usual, the teacher walked into the class and gave them a horribly tedious arithmetic problem. They were to work on it and not bother him.**

**Here was the day's problem:**

**Add the integers from 1 to 100.**

**They got out their slate boards and chalk and started hammering away!**

**The teacher quickly noticed that Gauss was not writing -- HA! He had him now!**

**"CARL! Why aren't you working?!"**

**"Because I already know the answer."**

**"Oh? You're so smart -- why don't you share your answer with the class?"**

**"It's 5050."**

**"#*@#&*!"**

**It was true. Gauss had figured it out... In his head... At 9 years old... Do you hate him too?**

**Want to know how he did it? It's a trick!**