This children riddle turned out to be too difficult for adults

What can be easier than a riddle about horses, horseshoes and boots? Simple at the first sight, it managed to blow out the internet only in one month.The most frequent answers are 48, 46 and 22... but all of them are wrong! What is your answer?

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Allan Howser
Naw...change it to 21...? Remembering to multiply before adding...damn that algebra, remembering after 65 years is hard!
Jan 18, 2017 10:17PM
Kurt Beck
Kurt Beck
Jan 19, 2017 3:05AM
Bridget Bott-Magar
Bridget Bott-Magar
You don't do the multiplication first unless that part of the equation is in parenthesis
Jan 18, 2017 10:33PM
William Laughlin
Bridget Magar You are mistaken. There is an acronym to help you remember the order of mathematical operations. That is: PEMDAS or you might chose the mnemonic device, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division (done from left to right in the order they appear in the equation), followed by Addition and Subtraction (done from left to right in the order they appear in the equation). The equation has no parentheses or exponents. The only two operations to do are addition and multiplication. Because we must follow the order of operations, multiplication is done prior to addition. Your answer can only be 21.
Jan 21, 2017 4:40AM
The answer is 42. The problem is that people don't know that you multiply before you add.
Jan 19, 2017 1:03AM
Jon Winter
I disagree. I contend that there is insufficient information to solve. If the values of boots and horseshoes was only dependent on or indicative of how many are on the line of the equation, then why are the three horses separated by plus signs on the first line? They could be expressed just as three horses. Therfore, the symbol of two horseshoes is different than the symbol of one, beyond being twice as many. Same for the boots/boot. There is no reference for what the single symbols represent.
Jan 18, 2017 9:38PM
William Laughlin
The answer is 21. A review of the video might clarify where you went wrong. Please note that there is only one boot and one horseshoe in the final equation. You are correct about the order of operations, but you assigned the incorrect values to the single boot and the single horseshoe.
Jan 21, 2017 4:33AM
William Laughlin
Bridget Bott-Magar Either you were taught incorrectly or your memory of what was taught has clouded over the years. I'm betting it is the latter. Many do not remember the math, science, or history they were taught years ago because of disuse. Without parentheses, multiplication and division are ALWAYS done before addition and subtraction in an equation. That is why parentheses are used, in the event the operations order is different. Rather than argue with me, I suggest you Google "mathematical order of operations" You will find the prescribed method for solving equations. It sounds like you need a refresher course.
Jan 22, 2017 4:11PM
I got 42.
Dec 22, 2022 12:10AM
Janice Vincent
Bridget Bott-Magar, I was taught the same thing of L to R unless an operation is in parentheses.
Sep 30, 2022 6:29PM
I arrived at the answer of 21 by the same method as the explanation video. 👍
Sep 23, 2022 6:50PM
Alan Conyard
21 easy.
Jun 13, 2022 5:17PM
Yvonne Benn
Deffo 21.
May 5, 2022 5:30AM
Wendy Clark
Seems very few people were taught the rule of invisible parentheses.
Apr 14, 2022 7:14PM
Carol Lee
Allan Howser, yur way off!! lol at bottom line again… it asks for 1 horseshoe and 1 horse…..not 2.
Apr 14, 2022 5:54PM
Bob Eggleston
21. Follow the rule of PEDMAS.
Mar 22, 2022 1:30PM
Randy Thorpe
1 boot is 1, 1 horse is 10, 1 horseshoe is 2 so 1+ 10 times 2 equals 22
Feb 28, 2022 9:49PM
Randy Thorpe
24 Randy Thorpe,
Feb 28, 2022 5:05PM
Lesley Mcdevitt
I got 21
Feb 24, 2022 6:27PM
Ashley Targett
Easy. 21.
Jan 10, 2022 5:35PM
Ken Putnam
Bridget Bott-Magar, Doesn't matter Math is math There is only one correct answer and Willaim is correct
Dec 25, 2021 5:24PM
Robyn Barnes
This is way simple. The answer is 0.
Sep 18, 2021 7:16PM
David Heinz
Yes, I got 21.
Sep 5, 2021 7:18PM

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