It doesn’t add up – all I want is a new job
A human calculator who can solve complicated sums in seconds says he can only find work as a window cleaner – despite having an IQ of 180.
Steve Borlase, 39, has a higher intelligence test score than former Countdown star Carol Vorderman, Professor Stephen Hawking or even Albert Einstein.
He can recite complicated six-figure equations in just seconds while scrubbing windows – writing out long division in his soapy suds.
But the numbers man, from Warminster – whose skill mirrors that of maths genius janitor Will Hunting in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting – has been turned down for dozens of jobs.
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The former salesman, who earns £300 a week cleaning windows, said: “I know I have this really rare talent and I don’t believe anyone can do what I do.
“I sent 127 emails to sales companies – but I only got two replies. I have had to take up window cleaning because it is the only work I can get. I have been working in this job for about a year but I would love a job where I can use my skills.
“It is quite incredible really, because I can get even the bigger numbers within a few minutes – without writing anything down. I can see all these numbers floating around in my mind and the brightest one is always the right answer. I can work out sums going into millions in just seconds and I have never seen anyone else who can do this before.”
Mr Borlase claims he got his extraordinary talent after falling off the monkey bars in a playground, aged five. He is able to add, subtract, multiply and divide five- and six-figure numbers faster than most people can enter the sums into a calculator.
In less than 90 seconds he was able to give the answers to 53 x 7, 64 x 64, the square root of 332, 19 x 19 / 3, 99 x 99 x 99, 7 x 21 x 29, and 47 x 49. He has an IQ of 180 – which is 20 points higher than TV presenter Carol Vorderman, maths professor Stephen Hawking and physicist Albert Einstein.
Steve said: “I have been shopping in Morrisons with friends and they have said to me, ‘Right, let me know when we get to £70’. I’ll add up all the shopping in my head as we go along. When we get to the cashier, I can tell her to the penny what the shopping will come to.”
The sums genius, who only got a B in GCSE maths, left school at 16 and became a gas and electricity salesman before the work dried up.
He then was made redundant before he began scraping a living as a window cleaner.
Now he is looking for a job to match his talent and says his dream job would be working the numbers on Countdown.
Mr Borlase, who is also a professional pool player who has represented England, said: “I rang Countdown and spoke to somebody about a job but it came to nothing.
“I got the feeling that I might have got somewhere if I had been wearing a skirt.
“Things are a struggle at the moment – but I am convinced I can do a job for someone. I would be great as a bookie or a job where you have to do a lot of buying or selling.”
The film Good Will Hunting, starred Matt Damon and Robin Williams and featured a young maths genius, discovered working as a janitor at a US college. The critically acclaimed film won two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.