The latest puzzle dividing the Internet is a seemingly straight-forward math problem, featuring apples, bananas and coconuts.
But due a bit of visual trickery, those sharing the viral image on Facebook are having trouble arriving at a clear-cut answer.
In the image -- which the Daily Mail reports has been floating around Facebook since December -- the problem challenges the solver to determine the numeric value of each image of fruit. For example, the top equation shows three single apples, added together to equal 30, meaning each apple equals a numeric value of 10.
In the following equations, it becomes clear that bundles of four bananas equal the number four, while a pair of coconuts equals the number two.
In the final equation, the puzzle asks solvers to determine the sum of a single coconut, a single apple and a bundle of three bananas, all based on information given in the previous questions. This is where answers differ.
Some believe that if a pair of coconut halves equals two, then a single coconut half must equal one. Similarly, they believe that if a bundle of four bananas equals four, then a bundle of three must equal three, leaving a final answer of 14.
Others believe that the coconut image always equals two, while the bundle of bananas image always equals four, regardless of changes in illustration. By this thinking, the answer is 16.
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