I once went to the USA and a guy asked me,

"What is a+B?"

I could answer him.

What was my answer?


The title is a clue

Note: The title is appropriate, and B is capitalized on purpose.

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a+B is



a is 97 and B is 66, when refered to by their decimal code in the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) encoding.

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a+B equals:

974366, using ASCII codes for a(97), +(43) and B(66)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well tried. But it is wrong. Why did you concatenate them? and also, why did you add 43? $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Mar 3 '19 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ It's the ASCII code for '+' and in the USA that's how they think. 9766 would also be valid. $\endgroup$ – JMP Mar 3 '19 at 16:48
  • $\begingroup$ oh! I myself didn't think of it. I never intended it to be the answer by the way. $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Mar 3 '19 at 16:49
  • $\begingroup$ You could have also added the value for the question mark(?) $\endgroup$ – Quark-epoch Mar 3 '19 at 17:17
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    $\begingroup$ I put that in because the statement is a question, and wouldn't have come out in normal speech. I assume he asked you 'What is lower-case A plus upper-case B?', and it is customary to add a question mark to such questions. $\endgroup$ – JMP Mar 3 '19 at 17:25

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