Here's The Answer to The Fruit Math Puzzle That's Driving You Nuts

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It's one of those Facebook posts that's all over the place, and -- like "the dress" or the hidden panda -- everyone seems to have a different take on it.

What is half a coconut plus one apple plus three bananas?

On the surface, it would seem the apple has a value of 10, the bananas a value of four and the coconut a value of two. And if that were the end of the story, the answer would be 2 + 10 + 4 = 16.

But in the final frame, the fruit are slightly different.

There is half a coconut, instead of two halves in the earlier example equation that establishes a value of two. And instead of the four bananas representing the value of four, there are just three bananas.

If the numbers are reduced along with the portions of fruit, you get a totally different answer: 1 + 10 + 3 = 14.

Which is the correct answer? Like the dress, the answer is in how you see it.

(h/t Buzzfeed)


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