Status message

Operating in maintenance mode.

Can You Solve This Math Puzzle? Most Aren’t Able To

Put on your thinking cap; there's a new Facebook puzzle stumping people. Are you math whiz enough to figure it out?

At first glance, the math sentences in the puzzle look like something out of a second-grade text book. But they're not as simple as they may look.

The first math sentence says 1 plus 4 equals 5, and that's correct. The second and third looked like someone's calculator is off. How did the puzzle creator figure that 2 plus 5 equals 12, or that 3 + 6 equals 21?

Before you go thinking that it's wrong, remember—it’s a puzzle, not a math test. Look a little more closely, and maybe you can figure out the correct answer to the final sentence: 8 + 11.

Nope, it's not '19.' Are you ready to give up yet?

Spoiler alert! The final answer is '40.' Here's the catch: you're not just adding the number sentence; you're also adding the sum of the sentence above.

If 2 plus 5 plus 5 (above) equals 12, then 3 plus 6 plus 12 equals 21. Finally, 8 plus 11 plus 21 equal 40.

Pass it on to your friends and see if they can figure it out.

Source: AWM
Photo: AWM

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

Michelle Obama is urging all Americans to “stand side by side” with the LGBT community by opposing laws that allow discrimination, the Daily Mail...

Donald Trump, who wants CNN to pay him $5 million to take part in the Dec. 15 Republican presidential debate, said Monday that he would give the...

When famous folks pass away, the skeletons start coming out of the closet. Sometimes, the skeletons are common knowledge, but they’ve been hidden...

An unidentified family left candy on their porch this past Halloween for trick-or-treaters to help themselves – on the honor system – and set-up a...

On Saturday, Donald Trump made fun of primary opponent Jeb Bush after news surfaced that three of Bush's top fundraisers left his presidential...

Latest News Stories

A family went through a terrifying ordeal recently when an intruder broke into their home and tried to kidnap their young daughter. The little...

Coca-Cola is an immensely popular drink across the world and their distinctive red cans often leave people craving a drink. However, recent...

On the Fox News program "The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson," Rev. Franklin Graham called for a ban on Muslim immigration from countries where...

During the second Republican presidential debate, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), went after Donald Trump by arguing that the reality show host would...

Newt Gingrich, apparently not impressed with Hillary Clinton’s excuses for losing the 2016 presidential election, declared Tuesday that the former...