The Internet Is Divided Over This Supposedly Simple Maths Problem

Only 1 in a 1000 can work it out

This maths problem was originally posted on Facebook a year ago by Randall Jones, but that hasn't stopped it going viral over the past few days thanks to over 3M people arguing over the answer.

Have a look at the sums below:

In the comments people just can't decide whether the answer is 40, 52 or 96.

The 3 additions you are presented with are clearly incorrect, so what is the missing component in the equation? A simple addition or multiplication might just be the answer.

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You see if you were to run on with the additions it would look like this:

1 + 4= 5

5 + 2 + 5 = 12

12 + 3 + 6 = 21

Meaning the answer would be 21 + 8 + 11 = 40

But equally so, you could do the addition and multiply the numbers.

1 + (4 x 1) = 5

2 + (5 x 2) = 12

3 + (6 x 3) = 21

Meaning the answer would be 8 + (11 x 8) = 96

Just don't ask us how the hell people ended up at 52...