This Basic Math Equation Will Deadset Start WWIII In Your Group Chat

Quick maths.

I’m a writer so hating maths is part of by DNA. I didn’t love it in primary school, I didn’t love it in high school, and it still gives me the sweats as an adult. 

Most of my maths knowledge evaporated into thin air the second I put the pencil down in my final high school exam, but there’s some random tethers of mathematical knowledge hanging onto my brains cells. 

For example, BODMAS: Brackets Of Addition Multiplication Addition and Subtraction

In English: the order in which you need to complete things when presented with a basic math equation like this:

I was pretty chuffed with myself when I realised I remembered how to do this^. The answer is 16 – simple. 

Here’s my working out (shoutout to my maths teacher): 

But my elation didn’t last long because some people online reckon this ‘basic’ math equation actually has another answer: 1.

My face. Source: Giphy

Twitter has erupted with arguments on both sides of the equation, if you will. 

I am convinced that 16 is the one and only correct answer. So convinced, in fact, that I argued with my colleagues for five minutes about how wrong they are (yes, they think the answer is 1) and proceeded to explain BODMAS to them (see above) with the most passion I’ve ever displayed about maths. 

I’m right. But I’m also wrong. Because, the answer people get when completing the equation comes down to what they were taught in school.

Yep, the maths for both answers checks out.

This is just proof that there is actually no logic to maths and we should all give up now and become novelists. 

People Are Sharing Their Dumbest Ideas To Improve The World And They Might Be Onto Something

Stupidly smart.

The world is a bit of an effed up place. Every time I watch the news I walk away feeling like I need a glitter cocktail because everything is just so doom and gloom.

People on Twitter are sharing their dumbest ideas to save the world and I think they might be onto something. 

When I say onto something, I really mean they’re speaking to my frustrated, petty soul. 

While these ideas are great they are definitely dumb. And privileged. 

Implementing fines against slow walkers or a universal nap time is not going to make the world a better place. They’ll definitely improve our personal lives, but we’re just a microscopic part of the population. There are a lot more people around the globe with far bigger issues that need fixing first. You know, like world peace and poverty. 

The answer to all our problems. Source: Giphy

Of course, it’s impossible to wake up one day and just rid the world of war and give riches to the poor. If it were that easy it would have happened long ago. That doesn’t mean we can’t still work towards achieving those things. 

Sometimes, the smallest gestures speak the loudest: feeding the homeless, for example, won’t rid the world of all homelessness but it will brighten the day of some people. Which is better than nothing. 

It’s also better than sitting in a leather armchair in our parents house tweeting about how our privileged lives can be improved. 

Plus, who’s to say we can’t have self-cleaning butts and world peace? 

Genius. Source: Giphy

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