People can get into heated arguments and discussions over math problems. Some questions can have multiple answers, but one math problem is going viral for a much different reason.

Facebook user Antley Lamont Staten shared a picture of a man holding up two pieces of paper. One asks people to find the mistake. The other has a chart with numbers.

Can you solve the problem in the Facebook post below?

When you see the mistake you will groan. It probably isn’t where you expect it to be because it has nothing to do with math. It’s a spelling mistake or “mitsake.”

Antley’s post struck a nerve. It has been shared over 1.6 million times and 159,000 people have reacted to it. Several hundred people also commented on it.

The answer isn’t related to math at all. This is more of a spelling assignment or a Hooked on Phonics lesson.

Brain teasers are fun because they force you to reexamine what your initial answer is. There are different ways of looking at things, but which answer is the correct one? They require logic and problem-solving skills, but they can also be a lot of fun, too!

If you like brain teasers, check out the problem below. It shows six locks and asks which one will open all the other locks. Look at the picture below and see if you can figure it out.

Don’t let the multiple locks intimidate you! Just unlocking any of the locks will allow you to remove each of the pins and open it! All it takes is removing one of these six locks! It’s easy to see how this would ward off a goon though. He’d take a look at six locks and immediately think that is more work than he is willing to do! Sometimes a little creativity can provide you with the best defense!

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]]>Angie Werner encountered one of these problems when she was helping her second-grade daughter with homework. You wouldn’t expect to have difficulty doing an 8-year-old’s homework, but Angie couldn’t figure out this problem. She posted the problem on one of the mom Facebook groups she belongs to for help.

**“There are 49 dogs signed up to compete in the dog show. There are 36 more small dogs than large dogs signed up to compete. How many small dogs are signed up to compete?” **

At first glance, it seems rather simple. I immediately thought it was 36, but that’s not right.

One mom wrote, “Wouldn’t [it] be 49 dogs – 36 small dogs? That make 13 large dogs. So 13 large dogs + 36 small dogs = 49 dogs together. So the answer is 36. It’s a trick question lol, right?”

NOPE!

“Y’all. A mom above figured it out. We were all wrong. If there is a total of 49 dogs and 36 of them are small dogs then there are 13 large dogs,” wrote another mom. “That means 36 small dogs subtracted by 13 large dogs then there are 23 more small dogs than large dogs. 36-13=23. BOOM!!! WOW! Anyone saying there’s half and medium dogs tho just no!”

NOPE!

One mom came up with an answer that makes sense mathematically, but not rationally, because it has one dog cut in half. “49-36=13. 13/2=6.5. 36+6.5=42.5. That’s how I did it in my head. Is that the right way to do it? Lol I haven’t done math like this since I was in school!”

That’s actually the correct answer to this poorly written question. The teacher told Angie, “The district worded it wrong. The answer would be 42.5, though, if done at an age-appropriate grade.” The new style of math has us cutting dogs in half.

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]]>Take the equation below, for example.

Can you figure this out? It’s not as simple as calculating from left to right. You have to break it down further.

Mathematician and Economist Presh Talwalkar breaks this equation down for us by explaining it in dollars.

**Start out with $7.**

The next part 7 ÷ 7 needs to be broken down rather than just adding and then dividing to the first number in the problem. 7 ÷ 7 is one, so add $1 to the original $7. **You now have $8. **

+ 7 × 7 comes next. Multiplying those numbers together gets you $49. **Adding that to $8 gives you $57.**

The last part is – 7. **Subtracting $7 from $57 leaves us with $50**.

The answer is, therefore, $50.

You can watch Presh Talkwalker explain how to answer this problem in the video below.

Today, they teach the order of operations. PEMDAS/BODMAS is an acronym for the way the order of operations is currently taught. This means you first evaluate **P**arentheses/**B**rackets, then evaluate **E**xponents/**O**rders, then evaluate **M**ultiplication-**D**ivision, and finally evaluate **A**ddition-**S**ubtraction.

This same problem is solved without using money below:

7 ÷ 7 = 1

7 × 7 = 49This means

7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 – 7

= 7 + 1 + 49 – 7Now we can evaluate the addition and the subtraction from left to right.

= 8 + 49 – 7

= 57 – 7

= 50

It’s obviously the same answer. It’s just written out in a different format.

Doing viral math problems like these are a good way to keep your mind sharp. These aren’t problems we encounter in everyday life, at least not written out in a format such as this. It’s helpful to flex your brain and solve some of these problems. And it is even better if you learn something in the process. Never stop learning!

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]]>**48÷2(9+3) = ?**

The answer depends on the order of operations you were taught in school. Both answers are derived using the same step.

48÷2(9+3)

= 48÷2(12)

It branches off from there depending on how you were taught math. If you type it into a calculator on Wolfgram, you would get an answer of 288 by following these steps:

48÷2(12)

= 48÷2×12

48÷2×12

= 24×12

= 288

This is the correct answer based upon current usage. But, if you were taught the old way, your answer would likely be completely different because you would use the steps below.

48÷2(12)

= 48÷(2(12))

48÷(2(12))

= 48÷24

= 2

There is a big difference between 2 and 288. Although 2 is a logical answer for those of us who were taught the old way, 288 is the correct answer by today’s standards.

This is all carefully explained in the video below.

This math question is causing a lot of arguments online, but it’s easy to see why when you realize there are two ways to solve it.

If you liked this math problem, make sure you check out another equation that is causing a lot of arguments!

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Neither answer is straight math as they both require quite a bit of logic.

To get the first answer, add 1 and 4 to get 5. Then, you add 2 and 5 to the sum of the first problem (5), giving you 12. For the third line, add 3 and 6 to the previous sum (12) to get 21. Finally, add 8 and 11 to the prior sum of 21 to get 40.

That is the most common answer. The second answer is more detailed as it involves multiplication rather than addition.

“If you multiply 4 x 1 and then add 1, you’ll also get a solution‚ of 5. Following that rule for the other equations, you’d compute 2 + (2 x 5) + 12. Then, 3 + (3 x 6)= 21. And 8 + (8 x 11) which equals 96.”

This is actually a logic problem rather than a math problem, so the “+” is a symbol and part of the equation. You aren’t bound to solve it as written. So, both 40 and 96 are correct answers!

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]]>There are two answers to the brain teaser below, but only 1 in 1000 people will get the second answer. That is why it is deemed to be an intelligence test.

If you can’t figure out the first problem, try your hand at the second one, then we’ll give you the answer to the first one below it!

Check out the video below to get the answer:

And here are the two answers to the first problem:

**First Solution**

Most people will add 1 and 4 to get 5.

For the second problem, they will add 2 and 5 to the sum of 5 to get 12.

Next, they add 3 + 6 to get 9, then add nine to the sum in the equation above (12) to get 21.

Finally, most people add 8 + 11 to get 19, then add it to the sum of the previous line (21) to get 40.

**Second Solution**

Now, a select few will get a much larger answer. It all depends on how you think outside of the box to solve this puzzle. This answer involves multiplication.

The first problem is solved by adding 1 to 4×1.

Then they add 2 to 2×5 to get 12.

Third, they add 3 to 6×3 to get 21.

For the final answer, these Einsteins add 8 to 11×8 to get 96.

If you got 40, don’t feel bad. You’re in good company! At least you still got it right! I got 40, too.

If you liked these problems, see if you can correctly solve this viral math problem.

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]]>The above math problem is quite a tricky one. It went viral in Japan after a study pointed out that only 60 percent of people in their 20s in that country could solve it.

It seems pretty straight forward, but some of us got tripped up on the order of operations. Not even a calculator can help you solve this problem, but you can check out the solution in the video below.

As the video details, the correct answer is 1. If your answer was three, seven or nine, you have lots of company! I thought it was three and I am rather proficient at math.

If you liked that math problem, try your hand at this one!

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Source: Pop Sugar

]]>Now, some people get the answer 10 while others get 58. That’s a bit of a spread, but it’s all based on how you look at the problem. The video below explains why 58 is actually the correct answer.

I got 10 on the first try because I multiplied two and three. Now I know the answer! If you enjoyed this math problem, check this one out as well.

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