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Are you smarter than a 5th grader? (not about the show)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by spup1122, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    My mom sent me this in e-mail form. It's apparently a 5th grade math question. It took me 4 hours to figure out and I'm decent in math.


    There are 7 girls on a bus
    Each girl has 7 backpacks
    In each backpack, there are 7 big cats
    For every big cat there are 7 little cats

    Question: How many legs are there in the bus?
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    That's a bullshit question. How in the world can you fit that many cats in a bookbag? Are they alive? Surely they'd find a way out before all of them were packed in the bag.

    There's your answer.
  3. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Nice. Just think of it like... santa's bag. It's really big.
  4. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I got 10,990 legs, but that doesn't seem close to right. I was, however, in a lower level of math all throughout high school and had my sophomore friend do my math homework during my senior year; we were in the same class.
  5. Rosie

    Rosie Active Member

    You're kidding, right?

    A bus has wheels, not legs.

  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Aren't seven backpacks full of cats a lot for someone to carry/ How big are these girls?
  7. KG

    KG Active Member

    OK, 10, 990 legs is what I came up with but do the legs on the bench seats count? Are the seven girls alone on the bus? The thought of 2,744 cats on a bus is frightening. My head hurts now.
  8. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    KG is right. It took me a long time, and when I was working with someone else, we couldn't figure it out. My mom told me she wouldn't tell me the answer and then all of the sudden, I had the right answer. I don't think I could get it again now if I wanted to, though.
  9. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    Someone, please think of the kittens.
  10. joe

    joe Active Member

    I got 9,620 counting the kids and a driver.

    Or, 12,560.

    One more edit: 10,992. I think. My head hurts.
  11. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Schrodinger's cat wishes it could go on a field trip too.
  12. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    It took me about a minute to get 10,990, assuming all the cats have four legs and all the girls have two legs. But I didn't account for a driver, so if there's a driver, make that 10,992.
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