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This Simple Math Problem Is Going Viral On Twitter Because So Many People Don't Know The Answer — Can You Get It Correct?

"The fact that 26% of people somehow got 13..."

I know, I know. The last thing you probably want to be doing to kick-start the weekend is math. But this problem is easy...well, maybe — I guess it's debatable.

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Let's just get to the equation! Twitter user @xclaudius recently shared this math problem, along with a poll showing what percentage of people voted for each of the four options:

idek what stresses me out more, the fact that 26% somehow got 13 or the fact that the correct answer isn’t even an option

@xclaudius / Twitter: @xclaudius

As you can see, most people thought the answer was 16.

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But many others were quick to point out that 16 is actually wrong, per the PEMDAS method of problem-solving.

@xclaudius Perenthesis Expenditure Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction. If you don't know this you're utterly fucked. The answers 10 anything else is wrong. Math isn't a "it's roughly" subject it's precise. Basic stuff.

@dann_afc / Twitter: @dann_afc

PEMDAS is an acronym to help you remember the order in which you solve equations: parentheses first, then exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

However, some people only remember PEMDAS as a method for solving whatever is in the parentheses first.

@xclaudius Pemdas told y’all to do whatever is in the parenthesis first There’s no parenthesis It’s 16

@SchlimDollaz / Twitter: @SchlimDollaz

Honestly, a lot of people admitted that they forgot what PEMDAS stood for, so they solved it their own way.

@xclaudius I just graduated like 2 years ago and I already forgot pemdas. So this is how I solved it since that’s too many steps…

@Arial_imp666 / Twitter: @Arial_imp666

And in doing it their own way, most people ended up with 16.

@xclaudius Someone explain bc 2+2 is 4 & 4x4 is 16 so who lying 😂

Twitter: @JTaheim

My husband also thought it was 16. I calculated 10 and immediately thought I was wrong because I didn't see my answer as an option. So I went to a reliable source to get the correct answer: GOOGLE.

A Google search for "solve 2 + 2 x 4"

This exact equation was asked a couple of years ago on Quora, and even though some people argued that either answer could be correct...

Long explanation explaining how to solve "What is the correct answer for 2+2x4?"
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...the consensus was that 10 is, in fact, correct.

More comments explaining what is the correct answer and why
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I even asked an online math forum, which may have misunderstood what I meant by "x," but nevertheless, the answer still appears to be 10.

Online page solving 2 +2x4 (with "x" interpreted as a variable)
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