There's nothing more irritating than stumbling upon a math problem that never seems to add up -- no matter how many different ways you look at it.
That's what happened this week when the Internet banded together in joint frustration over a strongly-worded question posted on Reddit that left everyone scratching their heads.
The seemingly "simple" elementary brain-teaser asks one student "Reasonableness: Marty ate 4/6 of his pizza and Luis ate 5/6 of his pizza. Marty ate more pizza than Luis. How is that possible?"
The student responded (seemingly) rationally, saying, "Marty's pizza is bigger than Luis's pizza."
After thinking about the question for a moment, one would assume that was the student provided the correct answer, right? Wrong.
The teacher marking the student's answer incorrect, saying, "That is not possible because 5/6 is greater than 4/6 so Luis ate more."
Redditors were quick to respond with their disapproval, claiming the poor student was not alone in his confusion.
It wasn't until one commenter noticed the precursor to the problem that everyone forgot to acknowledge, 'Reasonableness,' that everything began to make a little more sense.
While we're still just trying to figure out why the pizza was cut into sixths and not eighths, it seems that the child's obligation to 'detect of absurdities of mathematical quantities' was the root of the overall confusion here. Do you think the child was in the wrong for his answer?
Let us know in the comment section below.
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