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Postby Jenn » November 27th, 2007, 3:15 pm

I got this in an email this morning, and had to get the correct answer to see the attachment (the answer was the password), I FINALLY got it right, and boy did it drive me nuts. I know what the answer is, but wanted to share the question with everyone. Guess I can post the answer tomorrow or something.... Anyway, hope it drives someone else as nuts as it did me. :D


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RIDDLE: There is one bus with seven girls in it.Each girl has 7 backpacks and each backpack has seven big cats.Each big cat has seven little cats. How many legs are there all together?
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Postby lellis34 » November 27th, 2007, 4:35 pm

Is it.... (I'll PM you)
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » November 27th, 2007, 9:23 pm

I PM'ed you - it's probably soooo wrong! lol
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Postby Jenn » November 27th, 2007, 9:46 pm

Yep it was, lol

I suggest putting it on a piece of paper, that's what I had to do....... :oops:
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Postby amazincc » November 27th, 2007, 9:51 pm

Omg... I think I just popped a blood vessel trying to figure it out... :wink:
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Postby gayrghts » November 27th, 2007, 10:05 pm

On November 27 2007, 8:46 PM, Jenn wrote:Yep it was, lol

I suggest putting it on a piece of paper, that's what I had to do....... :oops:


I tried that...

and drew it all out...

had 7 kids,
then each kid had 7 backpacks
then each backpack had 7 big cats
and each big cat had 7 little cats...

and still got it wrong, i'll try to pm again...
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Postby Jenn » November 27th, 2007, 10:08 pm

Your counting LEGS right?
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Postby gayrghts » November 27th, 2007, 10:15 pm

On November 27 2007, 9:08 PM, Jenn wrote:Your counting LEGS right?


yeah for example...

had 7 kids, 14 legs
then each kid had 7 backpacks
then each backpack had 7 big cats 28 big cat legs per backpack x 7 backpacks.... so 196 big cat legs per kid x 7 kids = 1372 plus 14 kid legs
= 1386
and each big cat had 7 little cats... 196 x 7 kids
so that would be 2758 ?
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Postby amazincc » November 27th, 2007, 10:17 pm

Figure out how many legs are in ONE backpack and go from there... :D
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Postby KJS » November 28th, 2007, 3:36 am

Well if they are little girls they will need a bus driver so thats 2 more legs

and I dont reckon you can keep cats in backpacks very long :(
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Postby iluvk9 » November 28th, 2007, 7:24 am

This all reminds me of cooking...Blah.... :x
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Postby Jenn » November 28th, 2007, 9:45 am

Ok Highlight the area below if you want to know the answer..... If you don't wanna see it scroll really fast because I wrote it in white, and you may be able to faintly still see it.













number of legs = 10,990








It was the best idea I could come up with to not ruin it for those not wanting to know the answer just yet. :wink:
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Postby lellis34 » November 28th, 2007, 9:48 am

Ok, now you need to PM all of us that were wrong and, PLEASE, SHOW YOUR WORK. :D
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Postby luvmypitties » November 28th, 2007, 10:28 am

Ok too confusing for me. I gave up!
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Postby Jenn » November 28th, 2007, 10:58 am

Ok I'll put it in white again... WE need a grey color so that you really can't see it without highlighting it, lol.




I know what stumped me, and it was that each of the seven cats in every single bag had 7 smaller cats. I wasn't figuring that in, plus I think there was a side of me thinking no way a kid can carry that many cats. LOL

So each girl has 392 cats
392 x's 7 girls = 2744
Each of those cats have 4 legs 4 x's 2744 = 10976 legs
Add the 14 legs for the 7 girls and 10976 + 14 = 10,990
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Postby St.Death » November 29th, 2007, 11:15 pm

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Postby SisMorphine » November 29th, 2007, 11:31 pm

I got it right!!

I've been on a "math roll" today.

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Postby jmashaney » December 7th, 2007, 11:48 am

LOL, I just read that and I'm giving it to my students for their bonus questions on the test.

Thanks, Jenn! :greenWave:
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Postby Jenn » December 7th, 2007, 10:16 pm

:wave: LOL Your welcome, please let us know how many actually get it right!
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Postby amazincc » December 7th, 2007, 10:57 pm

On December 07 2007, 10:48 AM, jmashaney wrote:LOL, I just read that and I'm giving it to my students for their bonus questions on the test.

Thanks, Jenn! :greenWave:


OMG! How old are those poor kids??? :giggle:

My daughter, the COLLEGE student, got irate when she couldn't get it right... and I kept laughing at her. This is the first time she actually slammed a door in about 5 years... LMAO
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