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Exordium and Terminus

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Puzzle ID:#49114
Fun:*** (2.3)
Difficulty:*** (2.51)
Submitted By:Gizzer*




What would you say is the next entry in this series?

2525, 3535, 4545, 5555, 6565, ...

It looks like the next entry SHOULD be 7575, doesn't it? Just add 1010, right?

Well, the next entry WOULD be 7575 - if this were a mathematical series. But that wouldn't be much of a challenge, would it?

The next entry is actually less than 7575, because this is not about arithmetic, and the pattern changes after 6565.

Can you figure out what the next entry is?



The numbers are the years mentioned in the song "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)", by Zager and Evans.


In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find

In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, or say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
You won't find a thing to do
Nobody's gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your sides
Your legs not nothing to do
Some machine is doing that for you

In the year 6565
Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long black tube

In the year 7510
If God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then
Maybe he'll look around himself and say
Guess it's time for the Judgement day

In the year 8510
God's gonna shake his mighty head
He'll either say I'm pleased where man has been
Or tear it down and start again

In the year 9595
I'm kinda wondering if man's gonna be alive
He's taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain't put back nothing

Now it's been 10,000 years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what he never knew
Now man's reign is through
But through the eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it's only yesterday

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find

In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do or say
Is in the pill you took today ....


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Oct 27, 2011

I only know this because we had a question regarding the song in 1 vs 100 recently and the first number 2525 caught my eye immediately. A little more study and it hit me. Well done, Giz. Thanks for posting.
Jan 03, 2012

Great teaser. The 2525 caught my eye... beings I sing that song all the time. I didn't put two and two together until you stated it was not a math problem - and so so I went back and looked again at the numbers. Love your teasers!

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