Internet Laughs as Math Project With Secret X-Rated Message Wins Fair

A hilarious math project with an X-rated message incredibly won first place in a local fair, leaving the internet in stitches.

A Redditor spotted the saucy submission and shared it to the site’s funny forum, under username u/Wfry84.

The post, which can be seen here, has amassed more than 100,000 upvotes since being posted Wednesday, and shows a giant calculator.

“First prize winner at my local county fair. The sheer amount of adults this had to slip by blows my mind,” they captioned the snap.

File photo of a science fair. A photo of a project with an X-rated message winning first place at a county fair has gone viral.
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The first place prize revealed it’s from the Monroe County fair, but in which state is unclear. At least one event, Michigan’s Monroe County Fair, is currently underway, running from July 31 until August 6.

The giant blue-and-red piece of equipment looks innocent at first, as the display reads 5318008.

But the digits spell the word “boobies” when turned upside down, a common joke and pastime when sitting in math class, including the variation of “80085,” which spells “boobs.”

As the post blew up, the eagle-eyed Redditor shared a few more details, saying: “It’s just a paper mache art project. I didn’t do a whole lot of extra research into the age/grade.

“I don’t necessarily mean slipped by the judges, but I would assume parents nor the kids’ art teacher would let that fly.”

The figures have been referenced in mainstream media in recent years, with the barometer for popular culture—The Simpsons—screening an episode around the coded message.

Episode 21, of season 21, released in 2010 is entitled “Moe Letter Blues,” and features the numbers as a zip code.

IMBD explains: “Moe states that he moved to Springfield because the Zip Code spells the word “BOOBS”. The US Postal Service website reports that there is no Zip Code 80085.

“However, the reverse (58008) which would spell “BOOBS” if turned upside down, happens to be the Zip Code of the tiny town of Barney, North Dakota.”

The Simpsons isn’t wrong, as a search on the United States Postal Service (USPS) website claims 80085 nor 5318008 are valid zip codes. However, 58008 does service Barney, in the Peace Garden State of North Dakota.

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Zip code is short for Zone Improvement Plan, and was introduced on July 1, 1963, “as part of a larger Postal Service Nationwide Improved Mail Service (NIMS) plan to improve the speed of mail delivery,” USPS said.

That was also pointed out by Redditors, as BDMayhem wrote: “In the US Zip Code system, 80085 does not exist, but 58008 is in North Dakota.”

While Capt-yossarius joked: “The adults were amused by the audacity.”

Bokavitch wrote: “I’m more surprised that kids are still using these calculators.”

And Yakimawashington said: “Which is why the post title claiming it ‘slipped by adults’ is silly. Today’s adults were the ones using these calculators growing up.

“They’re the OGs who knew about this upside-down spelling. I’d argue today’s kids that know about this spelling had the info passed down to them from someone else.”

Newsweek reached out to u/Wfry84 and Monroe County Fair for comment.

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