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Easy Math Problem Goes Viral Because Most Of The Internet Can’t Get It Right On The First Try

If you’ve been hanging around social media these past couple of years, seeing these random mathematics questions from young children’s workbooks won’t be surprising to you.

What is surprising is the sheer amount of people who wind up getting the answers to these problems wrong.

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If you’re like me and hated math growing up, then you know how real the struggle is for each of these questions. It all started with Louise Bloxham who posted the question to Twitter with the wrong answer, citing confusion from everyone.

The question is: There were some people on a train. 19 people get off the train at the first stop. 17 people get on the train. Now there are 63 people on the train. How many people were there on the train, to begin with?

Now, it’s a pretty simple question overall so if you feel like you’ve got it, you probably do. It’s not too tricky, but it might be hard for a Year 2 level student—aka its intended audience.


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