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This simple math problem is stumping everyone, can you answer it?

A new brainteaser is taking Facebook by storm and it's one that might never actually be solved. Simply put, it's driving everyone on the internet crazy.

The math puzzle, which substitutes pictures for numbers, was posted and has been shared more than 14,000 times, has been liked nearly 73,000 times and has amassed more than 500,000 comments of people thinking they know the answer. Can you figure it out?

 

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Here's what we think:

  • Horse + horse + horse = 30, therefore we can assume that one horse =10.
  • If a horse + horseshoes + horseshoes = 18, we can assume the horseshoes = 4.
  • If horseshoes = 4 and horseshoes minus cowboy boots = 2, we assume the cowboy boots = 2.

Here's where it gets tricky:

  • 1 cowboy boot + 1 horse x 1 horseshoe = ?

The very last equation is slightly different from those above it. Notice there's only one cowboy boot and one horseshoe? We don't have definite values for those images, and we likely never will. What we can do is take our best guess.

Let's assume that the cowboy boot and the horseshoe are both one less than its original counterpart, making 1 and 3, respectively. That would make the last equation 1 + 10 x 2 = x.

People have arrived at different answers ranging from 32, 44, 22, 23, 21, and 13. Which one is correct? It's driving the internet crazy.

Next, you'll need to use the order of operations to solve:

  1. Parenthesis
  2. Exponents
  3. Multiplication and division
  4. Addition and subtraction

This means the equation becomes:

  • 1 + 10 x 2
  • 1+(10x2)
  • 1+20

Answer: 21

What do you think the real answer is? Let us know if you solved the puzzle by posting in the comments section below.

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