A tricky maths question has divided the internet – 11 calculated responses

Maths is one of those strange things that makes people proudly proclaim that they can’t do it, as though that’s somehow a good thing because it means they’re not one of those weird number-loving nerds you sometimes see on Countdown. But that doesn’t stop the internet being heavily invested in solving number puzzles when they rock by.

This one recently had social media scratching its head – with a pencil, of course.

It turned out to be the third most divisive thing we’ve ever seen – pun intended – after Brexit and the order in which to dollop jam and cream onto a scone.

There were two prominent camps:

Those insisting the answer is 1 …




And the equally convinced cheerleaders for 16.




Nobody was taking it lightly.



Cheating wasn’t an option …



One camp had the edge …


But, if you want to know the real answer, scroll down …

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Aaaaand the answer is:

Yep. Both can be correct, because it’s either a badly worded question, or a brilliantly worded question specifically designed to drive the internet to distraction. In which case, mission accomplished.

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