### I’m sorry to have to tell you this

#### by The Institute for the Study of Slightly Varying Circumstances

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What is that, eight words? Yeah, it’s eight, that is, unless instead of using the contraction ‘I’m’ you used ‘I am’, then it would be nine. Nine¹ words. Nine more than most times you’d want to hear. Sadly, right now, in what I like to call ‘THESE TIMES OF TROUBLE’, none of us has the luxury of choosing not to hear. In fact, if you (or anyone else) make any attempt to not hear, either by physically covering your ears while repetitiously uttering, “La La La La La”, or by any sort of ‘mind trick’ you may have at your disposal for either ‘tuning’ or ‘zoning’ out, I will (if I hear about it) most definitely make you pay dearly, quite dearly.

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*A sketch produced by The President and Founder while he enjoyed a buffet style breakfast during his ‘American sojourn’*

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¹Fun Facts:

Nine is the number of the one who accomplishes the divine will.

R. Allendy speaks about the curious arithmetical properties of the nine which gives it a very particular character because of the use of our decimal notation system. In another numerical notation system they would cease to exist: the difference between an unspecified number and the number formed by the inversion of its digits is always a multiple of 9 – example: between 26 and 62, the difference is 36, multiple of 9; the multiples of 9 are always composed of digits where the sum (once reduced) is equal to 9; the product 123456789 x 9 gives 9 times the digit 1 in the answer (1111111101). Concerning this last property, Elisabeth Haich mentiones the next calculations

0 x 9 + 1 = 1

1 x 9 + 2 = 11

12 x 9 + 3 = 111

123 x 9 + 4 = 1111

1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111

12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111

123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111

1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111

12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

123456789 x 9 + 10 = 1111111111

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