## This Math Puzzle Given To Fifth Graders In China Has The Internet Confused

A math puzzle given to grade five pupils at a school in Nanchong, China, has left the Internet rather confused after a local news website shared photos of the questions online over the weekend.

According to The Star, the question asks students to determine the age of a ship’s captain if there were 26 sheep and 10 goats on the vessel. Yes, we were as confused as you are.

The education bureau confirmed that the question is legitimate and does have a few answers.

The answer? Sit down for this one. People came up with a few on Chinese social media website Weibo.

And then there’s this one…

Other Weibo commenters complained that the question made no sense.

Some came out in support of the question.

Twitter wasn’t nearly as kind, though…

What do you think of the question?

Distractify

## Math Student Plays Two 'Star Wars' Songs With Nothing But A Pencil

We challenge you to name a more iconic band than Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. Or as you may know them, the yellow alien guys who play the Cantina Theme in Star Wars: A New Hope

And as it turns out, you can play the Cantina Theme with nothing but a pencil. Twitter user Dani was doing her math homework when she noticed the equation she was working on sounded familiar. Have a listen. You’ll need sound on, obviously.

Here it is with the music over the top.

But it doesn’t end there. Here she is doing the Imperial March…

What is this magic?! Yes, social media was just as entranced as we were.

These two users were happy that the tweet was getting people to think about math.

Some people were more interested in what all that math actually meant.

Others wanted to go even further.

Some are calling for a record deal.

One person even managed to fool their parents with it.

## Math Students Just Proved How Jack Didn't Have To Die In 'Titanic'

For years, we’ve all suspected that there was enough room for Jack on that door had Rose simply scooted over and helped him up. In fact, we were so sure of it that the Mythbusters tested the theory out themselves.

But you didn’t have to have your own TV show to show that with minimal effort on Rose’s part, Jack could’ve made it.

And now, Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang, and Julia Damato from Westminster, England have proven mathematically that Jack could’ve been spared from his impromptu burial at sea.

In an interview with The Advertiser, the 10th graders explained that they could’ve both made it had they climbed onto the door together and stuck their life jackets underneath.  15-year-old Abigail explained:

The group won the National Maths Talent Quest with their airtight submission. It’s no surprise considering that the movie came out two decades ago and people are still arguing that there was a chance Jack could’ve been saved.

In Rose’s defense, you’re probably not going to be all that analytical when you’re soaked and half-dead to begin with.

What do you think? Was Rose unnecessarily vilified over the years or was Jack robbed of his Happily Ever After?

## No One Can Solve This Math Question Given To First Graders In Singapore

As if we needed yet another reminder that we’re terrible at math, an exam question given to first graders in Singapore has the Internet scratching their collective heads. “Study the number pattern. Fill in the missing numbers,” the instructions read.

The question is a number problem, with a circle split in four with different numbers in each section. Around the sides are four empty circles, with another circle in the middle of the first circle. The questions asks children to fill in the four circles with no numbers so that they total the middle number in all cases.

First graders are supposed to get this?! In all fairness, it’s labelled as a bonus question and probably doesn’t impact the student’s scores all that much. Think you’ve worked it out? Read on when you have, because the answer is below.

Thankfully for us, one user on the forum was able to work it out. According to their explanation, the four circles should be filled with either 1 or 2, depending on how many numbers with more than one digit they touch on either side.

If you got the answer without cheating, you’re officially as smart as a first grader. If you didn’t, feel better knowing that social media didn’t, either.