Only One In A Thousand People Can Answer This Maths Problem

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A maths problem that apparently only one person in 1,000 can solve has been doing the rounds online.

The test, which has been created by Go Tumble and shared on Wikr, tells those attempting to solve the quiz to ‘think outside the box’.

And to confuse things even more, there are actually two answers. Yep.

The answers are below, so if you’re trying to figure it out without being a total cheat, don’t read on…

The first solution:

Firstly, 1 + 4 = 5 – simple, or rather it should be!

Then move onto the next line, where you’ll add 2 + 5 to the sum of 5 in the equation above. That gives you the answer of 12.

On the following line, you’ll apply the same process. 3 + 6 = 9, then add the 9 to the sum in the equation above (12) to get the total of 21.

Finally, take the 8 + 11 in the last equation, which equals 19, and add it to the sum of the previous problem (21). That should give you a grand total, of 40!


But there can be another correct answer…

Obviously, 1 + 4 = 5. But you could also reach 5 by doing  1 + 4 then multiplying by 1.
With the second line, 2 + 2 x (5) = 12. This is the sum also listed in the equation above.

Moving on, 3 + 3 x (6) = 21. Once again, that’s the answer in the picture.
So to find the final solution using this method, you’ll add 8 to 8 times 11 to get 96.


What about your answer: do you have 40 or 96?

My brain hurts.