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## Annoying Math Puzzle #1 Why EVERYONE is wrong about this post. First, I will let you off the hook by saying I got it wrong at first. I love math but I am not particularly skilled at math.

I don’t particularly like this puzzles because they are almost always not about the math but are more about distraction and attention span. My attention span is particularly low so I usually get them wrong.

Here is the text posted with the image

```Deals a deal! I lost to XXX XXX
What's the total of the last column? Post your response only, not your math. If you guess and answer wrong, you have to re-post the same and to whom you lost to.

## First here are the values:

• Man = 5
• Weight = 2
• Shoe = 5

First, let’s look at the standard “correct” answer:

```10 + 10 + 10 = 30
5 +  5 +  5 = 20
4 +  4 +  5 = 13
5 + 19 x  2 = 43
----
106```

To get to this answer you have to notice that the man is wearing shoes and weights. The rest is following PEMDAS.

A good friend of mine pointed out that the instructions simple state to Total the last column. As the instructions do not explicitly state to perform operations on the fourth row we end up with this.

```10 + 10 + 10 = 30
5 +  5 +  5 = 20
4 +  4 +  5 = 13
5 + 19 x  2 =  ?
----
63 + ?```

I took it as tep further to be even more techincally correct :

## Incomplete Answers ( last row only ):

5 + 19 x 2 = 43

### Not noticing the Shoes or the Weights on the Man

and also not noticing the instructions to Total the last Column

`        5 + 5 * 2 = 15`

Using Two Weights on last line

```      10 + 10 + 10 = 30
5 +  5 +  5 = 20
4 +  4 +  5 = 13
5 + 19 +  2 = 26```
```      10 + 10 + 10 = 30
5 + 5 + 5 = 20
4 + 4 + 5 = 13
5 + 5 x 4 = 40
-----
103```

Missing the Multiplication on Last :Line

```      10 + 10 + 10 = 30
5 +  5 +  5 = 20
4 +  4 +  5 = 13
5 + 19 +  2 = 26
----
89```

And using mistaking one weight for two.

```      10 + 10 + 10 = 30
5 +  5 +  5 = 20
4 +  4 +  5 = 13
5 + 19 +  4 = 26
----
93```

## And the most convoluted answer:

Re-moving presumption of addition, considering each item as a number.

```Shoe = 3.16227766, ( 3.16227766 X 3.16227766 ) = 10
Person = 5
Lace = 1.414213562

3.16227766 + ( 1.414213562 X 5 X 1.414213562 / 3.16227766 ) x 2 = 72.486832952
63 + 9.486832952 =  72.486832952```

Please feel free to comment below as to why I am wrong or if you have an even more convoluted answer.