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Terrence Howard thinks 1x1 = 2, has a secret system called 'Terryology' and spends 17 hours a day making nameless plastic structures

'This is the last century that our children will have to be taught that one times one is one'

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Thursday 17 September 2015 12:12 BST
Actor Terrence Howard believes one times one should equal two
Actor Terrence Howard believes one times one should equal two (Getty Images)

Terrence Howard has revealed his bizarre take on the world, and at the centre of it is the summation that one times one does not equal one, but two.

In a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the Empire actor revealed he has spent years working on his own logic which he has recorded in a language of symbols called Terryology, which will not be shared with the wider world until his work is patented.

Howard believes his discovery will significantly change the way that mathematics is taught for generations to come, and that if Pythagoras were around to see this discovery "he would lose his mind”.

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"I was always wondering, you know, why does a bubble take the shape of a ball? Why not a triangle or a square? I figured it out. If Pythagoras was here to see it, he would lose his mind. Einstein, too! Tesla!," he told Rolling Stone.

"This is the last century that our children will have to be taught that one times one is one," he added.

Howard rose to fame with roles in Crash and Hustle & Flow, before he was signed up for Iron Man. Now he has returned to screens in US show Empire, playing hip hip mogul Luscious Lion.

The show has proved a hit and Michelle Obama's favourite has already had the first series shown in the UK after Channel 4 snapped up the chance to bring it over.

But his success has not stopped the actor from claiming he spends up to 17 hours a day creating nameless plastic structures, which are made of cut up pieces of plastic and either stitched together with copper wire or soldered, that he believes prove his new form of mathematics.

Howard studied chemical engineering at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn until he fell out with one of his professors over the answer to the 1x1=1 conundrum.

"How can it equal one? If one times one equals one that means that two is of no value because one times itself has no effect. One times one equals two because the square root of four is two, so what's the square root of two? Should be one, but we're told its two, and that cannot be."

He told Rolling Stone he left the institution soon after because "you can't conform when you know innately that something is wrong".

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