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Can You Solve This Math Problem That Is Stumping The Internet?

The internet has a lot of answers, but a lot of those answers are wrong.

Math is hard. Thank goodness the internet is here to help! Except that while the internet has a lot of answers, a lot of those answers are wrong.

What’s Up With Math and Internet Outrage?

There’s nothing like a math problem to send the internet into a tizzy, is there? Remember this seemingly correct wrong answer that had people up in arms last fall?


Why did this poor student get a “-1” despite getting the correct answer? After all, 5×3 is 15 last time we checked.

In this case, the reason was in the execution. “5×3” taken literally should be the number 3 five times, as the teacher noted on this student’s paper. (Oh, that makes so much sense! Or … not.)

And then there was this other problem making the rounds that had people scratching their heads:

Horseshoes and horses and boots—oh my!

The answer to this one required use of the old “order of operations” acronym “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.” Remember that one?


Hint: If you’re getting 22 as your answer, that is incorrect. Review your order of operations knowledge here, and try again!

(Or just get the answer.)


The Latest Math Problem To Stump The Internet

Below is the latest math problem to have gone viral.

The question was taken from a math test designed for 6- to 7-year-olds, according to TODAY. In the proud, storied tradition of using trains to illustrate math problems, the following conundrum was posed:

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I’ll give you a few seconds to think this over.


Think you have the answer? Need more time?

Click to page two to get the answer.