An unlikely thing has gone viral: a math problem! But it's not your average math problem, as it seems to completely defy logic. People were outraged and confused. Where did it come from, and for the love of all things holy, WHY? Incredibly, there is an actual explanation for it, and it was discovered on Twitter.
If there's one thing that's universally loved by all, it's math word problems.
This math problem is making the rounds online, and confounding everyone.
That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. https://t.co/EdSSJInqEp— Doug Mataconis (@Doug Mataconis)1507583205.0
People were not happy about this logic problem that seems to defy all logic.Don't mess with us, math. Are you trying to trick us? No one likes to be made a fool of.
Some people had it all figured out.
@dmataconis @Gaetjens I don’t understand... it would take 60 players 20 minutes to play Beethoven’s 4.5th symphony.… https://t.co/rFuZp4u6MM— Jared Lotz (@Jared Lotz)1507590532.0
This problem calls for a clear board, some markers, and a montage of people drinking coffee, writing mathematical-looking things, and erasing mathematical-looking things in apparent frustration.
Why did this math problem capture our collective attention more than any other math problem that came before?
@SilkierMeat @dmataconis Simple: The masses love mathematics/classical music mashups.— Greg Lalas (@Greg Lalas)1507659469.0
Some people seemed offended by the illogic of the question.
@dmataconis @jmspool That’s like saying “It takes 9 months for a woman to have a baby, how long would it take for 2 women to have a baby?”— Mark Ford (@Mark Ford)1507647742.0
People seemed to think that there was an explanation. It can't just be that this question is stupid, can it?
either this is some sort of massive music-nerd troll job or i REBUKE this aggressively https://t.co/HzmmoElG4c— Leah, Ph.Dick (@Leah, Ph.Dick)1507644290.0
Of course, there were smart answers. There always are.
@dmataconis This is a management question -- the correct response is the more people involved, the longer it takes.— Matt Laszuk (@Matt Laszuk)1507657303.0
And then, out of the storm of frustration and smart-assery, an explanation began to emerge.A logic trap question? We've never heard that phrase but it sounds like a thing. We bet it is a thing. Finally, the person who actually wrote the math problem came through with a full explanation...
The problem was originally written by UK math genius Claire Longmoor a decade ago!
@dmataconis I wrote this!! How did you get this??? I am a maths teacher in Nottingham UK. Wrote this 10 years ago.… https://t.co/Y2braVwCl8— Claire Longmoor #FBPE (@Claire Longmoor #FBPE)1507706687.0