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Most Adults Can't Solve This Third Grade Math Problem. Can You?

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It's been a long time since many of us sat on a school bench. As we get older, our brains tend to get a little rusty and we start to forget how to solve the most basic math problems.

Last week, a mom had people on the internet scratching their heads after she asked for help in solving her eight-year-old daughter's math homework.

Dusty Sappington, from Terry, Mississippi, turned to Reddit to share a third grade math problem that left both her and her daughter, Izzy, stumped.


The problem reads: "Janell had 15 marbles. She lost some of them. How many does Janell have now?"

"If someone can answer this correctly, my child will be done with her homework!" wrote Dusty.

It wasn't long before answers started trickling in, but many of them turned out to be wrong.

"<15," wrote one user, and added, "but I don't think that's a fair 3rd grade question."

Some even went out of their way to offer complicated math equations that are definitely too advanced for Izzy's grade level.


Well, it turns out the answer may have been within the question all along, it just takes a little bit of extra thinking.

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