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A knowledgeable person at my credit union once told me (after complimenting me on the legibility of my signature) that the common one-letter-then-squiggle signature is relatively easy to forge for check passing purposes. FYI, YMMV.
I will grant that point.

For the benefit of all the people that have waited for me to sign my name over 40 years...
I will suffer the risk vs respect for their time.

2 seconds vs 30

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I’m in my 60’s and I’m a victim of ‘new math’. Right in elementary school when I should have been getting a foundation in math. Truly, it ruined any hope of me understanding math.

When I was in high school, I wash a cashier at a department store. Does anyone remember Zayre? Anyway, I had a definite knack for jacking change. Give me a $20 for a $16.72 purchase? seventy three, seventy four, seventy five, $17, 18,18,20.
So, three pennies, a quarter and three singles.
That sounds like the method my mother (a grocery cash register operator) taught me.

Pennies to get to a multiple of 5 10 25...

Start counting with the purchase total then count change to match the tendered bill.

I may have been subjected to "new math" but it treated me well and I exploited that in mist of my life.

But Common Core Math

I spent hours watching Youtube videos trying to understand the specialized vocabulary that must be understood to answer common core math questions.

Mind you I have studied various forms of mathematics (quantum mechanics, complex variables, linear algebra and matrix operations..) but common core uses term I and my kids never heard about.

But that is what my granddaughters have had to go through.

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I may have been subjected to "new math" but it treated me well and I exploited that in mist of my life.

But Common Core Math...
The 'new math' was not all that bad, especially if you are doing math in your head.
Take 368 X 3= what?
Sounds tough, right?

No pencil or calculator needed with 'the new math'.
68 is just 2 short of 70. (-2)
3 X 70 = 210
3 X 300 = 900
Nine, ten, 1110.
Subtract the 3 X -2 (-6) and you get 1104. (Feel free to check my math)
...yeah I know, young people just punched it into their phone :(. That is the joke.
 
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That sounds like the method my mother (a grocery cash register operator) taught me.

Pennies to get to a multiple of 5 10 25...

Start counting with the purchase total then count change to match the tendered bill.

I may have been subjected to "new math" but it treated me well and I exploited that in mist of my life.

But Common Core Math

I spent hours watching Youtube videos trying to understand the specialized vocabulary that must be understood to answer common core math questions.

Mind you I have studied various forms of mathematics (quantum mechanics, complex variables, linear algebra and matrix operations..) but common core uses term I and my kids never heard about.

But that is what my granddaughters have had to go through.

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My Mom was a book keeper at a bank. She taught us kids about money, checking accounts, etc. And to always use a black ink pen. To this day, I cringe if I’m forced to use a blue ink pen. She taught us how to count change, too.
The 'new math' is not all that bad, especially if you are doing math in your head.
Take 368 X 3= what?
Sounds tough, right?

No pencil or calculator needed with 'the new math'.
68 is just 2 short of 70. (-2)
3 X 70 = 210
3 X 300 = 900
Nine, ten, 1110.
Subtract the 3 X -2 (-6) and you get 1104. (Feel free to check my math)
...yeah I know, young people just punched it into their phone :(. That is the joke.
My husband has a Master’s degree in math and a second Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Your way of figuring out that equation sounds like something he would do. It makes my head spin. I would need pencil and paper.
 

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I’m in my 60’s and I’m a victim of ‘new math’. Right in elementary school when I should have been getting a foundation in math. Truly, it ruined any hope of me understanding math.

When I was in high school, I wash a cashier at a department store. Does anyone remember Zayre? Anyway, I had a definite knack for jacking change. Give me a $20 for a $16.72 purchase? seventy three, seventy four, seventy five, $17, 18,18,20.
So, three pennies, a quarter and three singles.
Oh, the Christmas Eve purchases I used to make at Zayre :). Thanks for the memories :D
 

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My husband has a Master’s degree in math and a second Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Your way Lof figuring out that equation sounds like something he would do. It makes my head spin. I would need pencil and paper.
It's ok. What little I know about common-core math, it goes something like this:

"Did you answer the question?"
"Did you ask anybody to answer the question for you?"
"How did they feel about giving you the answer?"
"More importantly, did you feel the answer was correct?"
"If the answer was incorrect, you shouldn't feel bad, because it is not your fault.":D
"You did your best and you have earned 4 gold stars⭐!!!"
You should feel great about that!:woo hoo:
"Oh, and you have been awarded a Unicorn 🦄 for being so brave!":huggs:
(if that is not a joke, I don't know what is:mad:).
 

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A signature doesn't have to be even close to your name just as long as you sign the same way all the time. Make the first letters look like the letter and the rest can be a squiggly line.
When a cashier says to sign the card reader I just scribble on the pad.
My wife signs my name so often if I ever do sign a check they probably won't accept it.
Years ago, CBS had a producer open a bank account. Various ones of the staff wrote checks signing different names to them. One even signed them Mickey Mouse, they all cleared the bank.
 

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Years ago, CBS had a producer open a bank account. Various ones of the staff wrote checks signing different names to them. One even signed them Mickey Mouse, they all cleared the bank.
Mine have cleared unsigned several times before.
The girls at the bank just look at the rest of my handwriting on the check and know it's me.
They just look at each other and say: "he forgot again":rolleyes:.
 

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A knowledgeable person at my credit union once told me (after complimenting me on the legibility of my signature) that the common one-letter-then-squiggle signature is relatively easy to forge for check passing purposes. FYI, YMMV.
I never thought of that, I do the one letter on a lot of things, but never a legal document, which a check is. On thing where the ask me to sign for a record that I find unimportant, I fake it.
 

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It's ok. What little I know about common-core math, it goes something like this:

"Did you answer the question?"
"Did you ask anybody to answer the question for you?"
"How did they feel about giving you the answer?"
"More importantly, did you feel the answer was correct?"
"If the answer was incorrect, you shouldn't feel bad, because it is not your fault.":D
"You did your best and you have earned 4 gold stars⭐!!!"
You should feel great about that!:woo hoo:
"Oh, and you have been awarded a Unicorn 🦄 for being so brave!":huggs:
(if that is not a joke, I don't know what is:mad:).

barack obama promised us all unicorns so I'm not falling for that one again! lol
 

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