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### Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:19 am**

by **bubba**

Ok, while doing my morning stroll through facebook a friend of mine answered one of the polls. This one happened to be started by a group that is pushing for no school on Fridays.

Its a VERY simple little math problem that anyone that made it out of the 4th grade should be able to answer. 40+40x0+1=?

This shows how wrong I was, and how sad our school system has gotten.

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of the 220,938 votes half either got it wrong, or didn't even try.

The group is not helping their case of dropping a day of teaching.

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:30 am**

by **hark**

Wow. I don't know how it's like in other areas, but in Canada, sweepstakes are required to have an element of "skill" otherwise the prize gets taxed. So they typically ask a question like this simple math problem. I didn't think people could get such questions wrong (unless they weren't properly educated in math or something), but apparently there are people who mess up on such questions.

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:47 pm**

by **Manduh**

This is hilarious and very sad at the same time!! I just can't see how they could even get it wrong at all!

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:58 am**

by **ryandigweed**

I can't believe people get this wrong. It's so easy !.. Just basic Mathematics !

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:23 pm**

by **dustley**

Yeah, the average person isn't too smart. :/

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:44 pm**

by **stev**

Amazing that zero people got this right.

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:50 pm**

by **bubba**

stev wrote:Amazing that zero people got this right.

Really? lots got it right, it the shocking large amount that got it wrong.

Order of operations PEMDAS - Parentheses/brackets, then Exponents/roots, then Multiplication, then Division, then Addition, then Subtraction

40+40x0+1 (multiplication first)

40+0+1 (now add)

41

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:47 am**

by **LPKath**

yes, haha ,really smart guys

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:09 am**

by **Apoptosis**

I think the lack of parentheses got people.

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:05 am**

by **spitter**

To dependent on calculators..

### Re: Something I seen on Facebook this morning.

Posted: **Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:22 am**

by **bubba**

Depending on the calculator you wouldn't get the same answer. Graphing or scientific calculator that will allow you to enter the whole equation you would get the right answer, simple one like the cheapo non-scientific solar jobs you wont get the right answer.

Most adults that I have seen try this are in a hurry and don't look at the whole equation, just start working it left to right and dont follow the order of operations.