This Annoying AF Math Problem is Stumping The Internet Despite The Fact That It’s Designed for 7-Year-Olds

Riddle Stumps Internet


If there’s one thing I regret in life, it’s taking Pre-Calculous my junior year of high school. Sure it was mandatory, but WTF did I need it for? I can’t remember a single thing I learned and I have no idea how to use that massive calculator you had to input those damn formulas into.

Clearly I’m not a math person, so when I was faced with the below math problem, I wanted to rip the hair out of my head. When I found out it was designed for 7-year-olds, I then wanted to gouge out my eyes and burn by college degree. WTF IS IT WORTH ANYWAY IF I CAN’T ANSWER A MATH PROBLEM MADE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS?!

Luckily I’m not the only person who has no idea what the f*ck is going on. Here’s the problem:

@MichaelRosenYes Have you seen this one? Year 2!!

— Louise Bloxham (@LouiseBloxham) May 7, 2016

How big is this train that there’s only 63 people on it? And are they all in the same car? Because that seems tight. I’ve been on the subway with that many people in one car and it’s highly unpleasant.

Anyway, the adults of the internet are losing their sh*t over this thing because like me, they keep getting the wrong answer. Unlike me, they actually made an effort to solve the problem and still failed. That’s why you don’t try at all, folks!

After a slew of arrogant commenters swarmed Bloxham’s account, she stated: “if you think I the answer is 65 you would be wrong.” She then went on to say that the actual answer is 46.

But considering the teacher left out the answer key, no one really knows what the answer is for sure. And Mirror has an interesting explanation of how to solve this damn thing.

Other users seemed to think [the answer was not 46], and the best way to work out the answer is to work backwards.

So, 63 people minus the 17 who got on the train is 46 (Louise’s answer).

Then, take those 46 people and ADD the 19 who got off at the first stop. The answer equals 65.

SO WTF IS THE ANSWER?! The world may never know. But if you do, please tell me – I can’t take the stress.

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