How Many Times Did You Hear That Math Problem That Went Viral?

How Many Times Did You Hear That Math Problem That Went Viral?

How Many Times Did You Hear That Math Problem That Went Viral?

How many times did you hear the math question that went viral on Facebook today?

How many times did you hear the math question that went viral on Facebook today?

If you use Facebook, you may have seen this math problem and, judging by the nearly seven million reactions on the post, you are likely someone who went viral.

The answer is…

100 + 100

The question was created by math and sciences alumna Allison Smith and posted on reddit earlier today. Before long, the math problem went viral and will probably go down as one of the biggest answers on Facebook ever.

I went viral for math homework too.

If you’re still confused, you’re not alone. Over 25,000 questions have been suggested and over 5,000 posted as replies so far.

Smith made the decision to post the math problem because she believes it’s important for young children to know their basic math facts, and understands, like us, that “many of my friends questioned it, seeing it out of context,” she told Tech Insider in an email.

About 1.3 million questions have been posted as answers so far, but some people have come up with such different and creative answers that we may not be able to determine if the first one was the correct one. Some theories run the gamut from alien invasion to the Loch Ness Monster to Black Death zombies.

Being a mom to a 4-year-old girl, I can’t help but laugh at the question — not at the answer, because I thought that was obvious.

For me and the millions who saw the answer, the math challenge was funny and it was extremely gratifying to see so many people respond to it. I hope it will spark discussion among parents about math, and how easy it is to become distracted by television, smartphones, music, headphones and other distractions — especially when kids are still very young.

I feel thankful to everyone who offered up tips and answers in the comments thread on Smith’s thread, as well as at the top of this post. I thought one of the best answers was posted by DarthHanz. Others were provided by readers such as Gary with Clark and Vranken with Frankenstein. Others came up with creativity like

Leprosy has to travel from person to person so if both people are infected from the same strain, the immune system will recognize the strain and react and destroy it from that person. But when it travels from one person to another, the immune system breaks down so it can’t recognize that strain as similar. So the Leprosy can actually travel from person to person by air. As you can imagine, not many people know this about Leprosy.

Looking forward to any others.

I think I’ll just stick to this math word salad that I know at least a little something about.

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