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    Math Problem

    Apparently this math problem is making its rounds through the internet, so I thought I'd post it here. A co-worker sent this out. It took me a little bit but I was correct. Here you go:

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    Answer - Cheryl is being a little bit of a drama queen don't you think? Just tell us your birthday.

    I have no clue what the answer is.

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    My wife showed this to me a couple of days ago. I didn't seriously try to solve it but could follow the logic from the solution.

    My answer would be that Cheryl never has a birthday party - she drove all her friends away by refusing to tell them her birthday.

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    It's a doozy of a logic problem. The story going around with it was that this was from a math exam for 14-year-olds somewhere in Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    It's a doozy of a logic problem. The story going around with it was that this was from a math exam for 14-year-olds somewhere in Asia.
    From what I understand, they gave it to 5th graders to see who could do it and it is actually for 9th graders.

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    Wow, I actually got it right.

    My brain hurts now though.

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    I've read the answer sheet 3 times and still can't follow the logic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenR View Post
    I've read the answer sheet 3 times and still can't follow the logic!
    I am solid at math and at least know somewhat where to begin with these logic type questions. This one I am not even seeing where to begin? What am I missing here?

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    ^You have to assume each statement is factual, at the time it's made.

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    I read the answer like 4 times. Going to beat my head against a wall real quick.

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    Really helped me when I wrote out the dates like this:

    May 15 16 19
    June 17 18
    July 14 16
    Aug 14 15 17

    * BGP won't let me keep the spacing that entered.

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    My answer is that Cheryl needs a good slap to the face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Really helped me when I wrote out the dates like this:

    May 15 16 19
    June 17 18
    July 14 16
    Aug 14 15 17

    * BGP won't let me keep the spacing that entered.
    I gotta go with June 18th looking at it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    It's a doozy of a logic problem. The story going around with it was that this was from a math exam for 14-year-olds somewhere in Asia.
    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    From what I understand, they gave it to 5th graders to see who could do it and it is actually for 9th graders.
    What I read on it was:
    'Originally, Mr. Kong said this was a problem inflicted on fifth-graders, leading to hand-wringing that Singapore children were way better at math than everyone else in the world and worries that Singapore children were being mentally abused with convoluted logic at a young age. However, it turned out the problem actually came from a math olympiad test for math-savvy high school-age students.'

    Still does not make me feel any better that I had to read the answer sheet to figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    I am solid at math and at least know somewhat where to begin with these logic type questions. This one I am not even seeing where to begin? What am I missing here?
    It seems to be poorly worded. Someone rewrote it when I was looking for the answer and it makes a lot more sense.

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