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Chis-An-Bop with Fred MacMurray (Commercial Offer, 1979)

Here's a commercial offer for Chis-An-Bop, a Korean-derived means of calculating math for children ages 5-13 which involves using their fingers. With Fred MacMurray and two children, Debbie and Brad, who demonstrate a few examples of Chis-An-Bop at work. Comes with a book and option for record (or, as he put it, "phonograph sound disc") or cassette.

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This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, February 2nd 1979.

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According to Wikipedia: The hands are held in a relaxed posture on or above a table. All fingers are floating off the table to begin with. The fingers are pressed into the table to indicate value. Each finger (but not the thumb) of the right hand has a value of one. Press the index finger of the right hand onto the table to indicate "one."

A proposed notation system for representing the numbers:
. = a finger off the table
o = a finger on the table
- = a thumb off the table
@ = a thumb on the table
Values between zero and 9 are shown with the entire right hand:
-.... = 0
@oooo = 9
@ooo. = 8
@oo.. = 7
@o... = 6
@.... = 5
-oooo = 4
-ooo. = 3
-oo.. = 2
-o... = 1
Values larger than 10 are shown with both hands:
..oo- @.... = 25
....@ @.... = 55
oooo- -.... = 40

Comment posted by Szake on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 at 6:38pm.

I take it "phonograph sound disc" is a nice way of saying "crappy plastic page with grooves that you need to weigh down (the disc that is) with several dollars worth of coins".

Shop teachers: substitute stubs when a complete finger is not available.

(Yeah, I know I'm sick---and kind of mean)

Comment posted by OddityArchive on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 at 6:43pm.

Didn't Hanson have a hit with Chis-An-Bop?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 at 9:18pm.

One of Fred MacMurray's post "My Three Sons" work.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 at 10:12pm.

Man... I would have difficulty learning this; I'd rather use my fingers (and my thumb) just to play piano or guitar instead!
Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Thursday, June 13th 2013 at 8:22am.

I preferred factor trees/grouping.
I had this when I was kid...Didn't do a damned thing except make math more confusing!
Oddity: You're right, that thing was a bitch to try and play on a halfway decent record player! Also, had to make sure that needle was clean and fresh, or it would cause the "disk" to bunch up and eventually tear...which it eventually did. :(
Fuzz: Good one! :D
Of course, when they got old enough to drink beer, they sang "Mmm hops"!
*raising rubber chicken shield*

Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Friday, June 14th 2013 at 12:13am.

Mmm hops! I love it. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, June 14th 2013 at 7:26am.

Geez. Try to teach a kid math with that today and his reaction would probably be @o.oo
Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Monday, June 17th 2013 at 2:59am.

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