Here Is The Solution To Yesterday’s 5th Grader Question

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From Yesterday’s Post: FWD: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

I received a FWD’ed email in my inbox the other day that asked the following question:

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

There are 7 girls on a bus
Each girl has 7 backpacks
In each backpack, there are 7 big cats
For every big cat there are 7 little cats

(Q) How many legs are there in the bus?


There are 7 girls on a bus

7 girls with 2 legs each ..
7 x 2 = 14 legs

Each girl has 7 backpacks

7 girls with 7 backpacks each
7 x 7 = 49 backpacks in total

In each backpack, there are 7 big cats

49 backpacks with 7 big cats with 4 legs each
49 x 7 x 4 = 1,372 legs per backpack

For every big cat there are 7 little cats

There are 7 big cats in each of the 49 backpacks
7 x 49 = 343 big cats in total
Each big cats have 7 little cats each with 4 legs
343 x 7 x 4 = 9,604 legs

14 + 1,372 + 9,604 = 10,990 legs in total

You can verify my answer .. you just had to do a simple Google Search and find the answer online somewhere!


I initially offered to give away 5 free advertising slots and posted the entry. But – nobody responded. So, I went over to BlogCatalog (my “homies”) and put a feel out to see if they were interested in trying to answer the question correctly. The response was overwelming and I decided to up the number of spots to 10. Unfortunately, it was taking forever to get 10 correct answers … and after the 9th correct answer .. FINALLY .. I received two correct answers within minutes from each other. So, I decided to actually have 11 winners!

You see – the puzzle had a lot of 7’s in it …. I was born on July 11th … See? 7? 11? See how tidy and neat that makes it? 🙂

So .. the following people “ARE” smarter than a 5th grader, and answered the question correctly. For their reward, I will be placing their links in my sidebar for the rest of 2007 … woohoo!


These people “ARE NOT” smarter than a 5th Grader. However, for their punishment …(hehe.. just kidding!) for their participation and attempts .. I am including them here as a complimentary and permanent link into my blog! So, if you are reading this .. C’mon!~ Visit these people! They need all the help they can get!


John says:

I’m relieved to be on a par with a fifth grader – maybe the grey cells aren’t dying as quickly as I feared.

Guy says:

It took me four attempts to get it right and be as intelligent as a 5th grader lol…thanks for the link. By the way I love the blog.

meghnak says:

Thank you. But it’s not a big deal for me as I’m the only one here still doing my math homework! (I passed my 5th grade the previous year). I’m happy that I got the answer correct, otherwise my math teacher would have… Thanks for the link. I like more of such contests.

Joakim says:

Thanks HART 🙂
I think I’ll return the favour and put your link in my sidebar too.
Great fun with contests like this !

Thanks Joakim! That was unexpected 🙂

@ meghnak .. I’ll have to find some Grade 7 and Grade 8 Math questions for future contests 🙂 It was fun, wasn’t it?

Thanks to everyone for playing!

Texaiano says:

I guess I wasn’t smarted than a 5th grader this time around, but thanks for the honorable mention link anyway.

Hi Texaiano .. It’s that second line that confuses everybody .. worded that way deliberately to make it more confusing!

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